Learn about the latest Global Diversity & Inclusion news and happenings across Microsoft.
For Jenny Lay-Flurrie, hitting a brick wall just means it’s time to start climbing. She’s been deaf most of her life, but that hasn’t stopped her from playing music, tearing up ski slopes on both sides of the Atlantic and becoming a well-loved champion for accessibility at Microsoft.
Microsoft innovators: danah boyd
Read about Microsoft Principal Researcher danah boyd, who’s prolific blogging and academic research have made her a sought-after voice regarding the intersection of humans and technology. She’s become something of a pioneer on the new terrain of digital anthropology. She explores the topic of teens’ online behavior is in her new book “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.”
Inspiring female hackers in Brazil
In her desire to increase the number of women in computer science programs, professor Rosiane de Freitas made sure the Institute of Computing of the Federal University of Amazonas (ICOMP/UFAM) was the first Brazilian university to take part in last year’s inaugural International Women’s Hackathon, mentoring a group of girls who participated in the event. This year, de Freitas has inspired other female students to participate in the International Women’s Hackathon 2014.
Supporting LGBTQ in Latin America
Leonardo started as an intern. Now he’s part of Microsoft IT’s finance organization and is developing LGBTQ resource groups in Latin America.
Microsoft, Intel and the Kenya Private School Alliance announce 4Afrika Youth Device Program
Microsoft recently announced the launch of the 4Afrika Youth Device Program to provide a bundle of affordable devices, educational applications, online services, affordable data plans and smart financing to Kenyan learning institutions. This will deliver an immersive learning experience to institutions of primary, secondary and higher education at an affordable rate.
Lync and Skype help teachers connect with visually impaired students
For schools like the Washington State School for the Blind, it has been challenging to find math instructors who have experience with visually impaired students or who teach Nemeth Braille Code to blind students – until they tried Lync and Skype.
Microsoft ranks on the 23rd Annual Minority Engineer Top 50 Employer list for 2014
Microsoft ranks #22 on the 23rd Annual “Top 50 Employers” in Minority Engineer Magazine for 2014. The readers of Minority Engineer magazine selected the top companies in the country for which they would most like to work or believe provide a positive working environment for minority engineers.
Microsoft is featured as one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work in STEM fields for Native Americans and Alaska Natives for the second year in a row. The company was selected based on our active efforts in supporting diversity in the work place. Read more here.