Our team has always included a variety of faces in our products. It’s a credit to the design and casting of our instructional designers and media team. Even so, new eyes provided to us by a partnership with an organization that has been serving people with disabilities for over 30 years have led us to a higher sensitivity to equality in diversity. Our friends have further increased the variety of faces and also led us to notice a potentially prejudicial moment in one of our games just before release. We corrected it instantly.
And this is why…
We will not allow anything to stand between our learners and their learning!
If you take anything away from our swift action in modifying a game, let it be the above sentence.
We will do our best to identify and speedily resolve technical crashes, tricky user interfaces, and scenarios that cause any group of our students to feel that they are less supported than any other group.
Maintaining sensitivity to issues around diversity is especially important to our audience from a business perspective:
- 60% of Community College enrollees identify as female (source)
- 48% of Community College enrollees identify as non-White (source)
- 11% of Community College enrollees report having a specific disability (source)
And these numbers are felt by school faculty and deans. While one of our salespeople presented our Writing Game Series to the faculty of a local college, heads in the audience nodded knowingly during a short conversation praising the minority representation in management positions in one of our simulations. That’s the reaction we are looking for!
If you’re interested in exploring the current, very loud conversation on accessibility and diversity in the workplace, check these out:
- Gender: Elephant in the Valley.
“84% of women [in the workplace] have been told they were too aggressive.”
The instant popularity of this report, published a few weeks ago, says a lot about our country’s interest in whether the cards are stacked against women in technical roles. It was picked up instantly by FastCompany, Newsweek, and TechCrunch.
- Disability: Roger Ebert: Remaking My Voice
This one is a video (and you might cry)!
“People talk loudly and slowly to me. Sometimes they assume I am deaf. There are people who don’t want to make eye contact.”
- Race: The ugly everyday racism inside tech’s diversity problem
“I feel like I have to walk a tightrope to avoid reinforcing stereotypes while still being heard.”
- Race: 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis
This one has fun pictures!
“Microaggression […] brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.”