•   
  •   
  •   

US Chicago museum fires all of it's mostly White female, financially well-off docents for lack of diversity

19:37  17 october  2021
19:37  17 october  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

NYC's cybersecurity defense center showcases necessity for diverse hiring

  NYC's cybersecurity defense center showcases necessity for diverse hiring The weakest security systems are those created by a team that always agrees and rarely debates. When organizations run the correct analysis and search for the employees they need - instead of trying to fill openings they have, based on copy-and-paste descriptions - what happens most often is the process leads to hiring people who'd have previously been rejected (and rejecting people the CSO or hiring manager simply "likes"). This focus helps avoid the false correlation that presumes a person you like - a person like yourself - will succeed.

The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team.

"We were surprised, we were disappointed," Gigi Vaffis, president of the docent council, said in an interview with radio station WBEZ of the firings. "There is an army of very highly skilled docents that are willing and ready and able to continue with arts education."

The Art Institute used to have more than 100 docents, 82 of whom were active, until an executive director of learning and engagement, Veronica Stein, sent an email on Sept. 3 firing them all, the Wall Street Journal reported. Docents are trained volunteers who lead tours of museums, and at the Art Institute, they averaged 15 years of unpaid service.

The 20 Most Powerful Women in Global Entertainment

  The 20 Most Powerful Women in Global Entertainment “This decade [has] to be about women having each other’s backs,” said Kate Winslet in her Sept. 19 Emmy acceptance speech for HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Around the world, the international film and television industry’s most powerful women had already been hard at work with that mission. Female producers, studio executives and channel bosses are […]But impressive advances in onscreen representation have not been matched by gains in corporate power structures, where, at least at the very top and particularly outside the United States, it is still very much a man’s world.

CHICAGO FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE UNION; LIGHTFOOT DENOUNCES 'RHETORIC OF CONSPIRACY THEORISTS'

The firings were apparently sparked by the fact that most of the docent staff was composed of older White, financially well-off women, the outlet reported. Stein said that the museum needed to take a new path "in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility."

The fired docents were offered a two-year free pass to the museum as gratitude for their previous service.

The institute is one of America’s oldest and largest museums, with its docent program launching in 1961 as part of an initiative of the Woman’s Board and the Junior League of Chicago.

Chicago Sky overpower fatigued Phoenix Mercury to win Game 1 of WNBA Finals

  Chicago Sky overpower fatigued Phoenix Mercury to win Game 1 of WNBA Finals The Sky used a 17-0 first-half run to roll to a 91-77 win over the Mercury, who were playing just 40 hours after closing out their semifinal series.The Chicago Sky, who last played Wednesday, took control with a 17-0 late second-quarter run Sunday at Footprint Center and led the entire second half in a 91-77 win.

The docents sent a letter on Sept. 13  detailing the staff "engaged in eighteen months of twice-a-week training to qualify as a docent, five years of continual research and writing to meet the criteria of 13 museum content areas, and monthly and bi-weekly trainings to further educate ourselves with the materials, processes and cultural context" of the museum’s pieces.

'UNAPOLOGETIC' LIGHTFOOT DEFENDS SPEAKING ONLY TO REPORTERS OF COLOR: 'I WOULD ABSOLUTELY DO IT AGAIN'

"It was nearly a full-time job," Dietrich Klevorn, a docent since 2012, told the Wall Street Journal. "We had to spend a lot of time physically in the museum studying works of art, researching, putting tours together."

"We had to be very comprehensive about everything as we talked with them, moving through the space," she said. Klevorn was the only docent to speak on the record to WSJ, after the museum reportedly requested they not speak to the media.

Bears place Robert Quinn on reserve/COVID-19 list

  Bears place Robert Quinn on reserve/COVID-19 list Last year, Quinn totaled just two sacks while playing mostly from the right outside linebacker spot. This year it’s a different story — he’s got 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble through six games. This isn’t great timing for the Bears, as Jeremiah Attaochu recently suffered a torn pectoral muscle and is slated to be shut down for the season. Beyond the eighth-year edge rusher, the Bears have 2020 fifth-round pick Trevis Gipson as a rotational edge presence.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools.

People line up outside the Art institute of Chicago as the museum re-opens on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Chicago. The museum had been shuttered due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Getty Images © Getty Images People line up outside the Art institute of Chicago as the museum re-opens on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Chicago. The museum had been shuttered due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board even hit back at the museum’s decision, calling Stein’s termination letter to the docents as "weaselly."

"Why not invest some time in recruiting new, diverse docents? Why not grow the corps in such a way that it’s refreshed? Why not help docents who need help with expenses or child care? Why not have a hybrid model, at least until the current docents exit?" the board wrote in its Sept. 27 opinion piece.

LATINO REPORTER CANCELS LORI LIGHTFOOT INTERVIEW FOLLOWING REFUSAL TO LIFT MORATORIUM BASED ON SKIN COLOR

"Instead of trashing volunteerism as inherently elitist, why not avow and attest to its ongoing value as a vital part of necessary diversification and cultural change?"

Robert Levy, chairman of the Art Institute, defended the decision to fire the docents days later in his own op-ed, and said that the plan to do so had been in the works for 12 years.

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

  Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and activists complain that Emanuel's handling of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times as he ran away from police, should have disqualified him for consideration for a coveted role. They see the nomination as out of sync with the values of an administration that says “comprehensive and meaningful police reform" is a priority. © Provided by Associated Press U.S.

"Critical self-reflection and participatory, recuperative action is required if we are to remain relevant to the changing audiences seeking connection to art," he wrote.

Klevorn, who is Black, conceded to WSJ that the docent staff was "not a demographically representative population." Vaffis, however, noted that the staff was a diverse group socioeconomically, and included a fireman and condo manager among the group.

"Still, the Art Institute hasn’t explained why they had to be jettisoned en masse and not diversified over time. The museum appears to be in the grips of a self-defeating overcorrection. It has adopted the language of diversity, inclusion and equity so completely that it was willing to fire the same upper-middle class volunteers it relies on for charitable donations," WSJ noted.

The Art Institute did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment on the matter.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw likely out until September .
The 33-year-old Kershaw is in the midst of yet another excellent season, having pitched to a 3.39 ERA in 106 2/3 frames. That earned run average, incredibly, is his “worst” since his rookie season in 2008, but Kershaw is also sporting his best strikeout percentage (30.1) since 2016 and the fifth-lowest walk percentage (4.5) of any MLB pitcher with at least 100 innings this season. He’s in the final season of a three-year, $93M contract and is scheduled to become a free agent at season’s end.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.

usr: 50
This is interesting!