The First Lady on the Importance of Studying Abroad

This is the third of five videos discussing the importance of study abroad. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about the importance of study abroad. For my final paper in the Youth Studies summer courseI argued there was a need for making African Americans more legible in international education programs.

Enjoy the video!


Building a More Diverse Facebook

Facebook has finally released their diversity numbers. It seems we are on the verge of a revolution where many big name companies are releasing what the demographics look like within the company. It is cool. I wonder if the initiatives to build diversity will become ones to also sustain diversity. In the post Civil Rights era, it is great to promote diversity, however we can always go a step further to build inside the system an appreciation and vigilance for diversity.

Facebook Newsroom

By Maxine Williams, Global Head of Diversity

Today we’re making Facebook’s current diversity figures available publicly for the first time.

At Facebook, diversity is essential to achieving our mission. We build products to connect the world, and this means we need a team that understands and reflects many different communities, backgrounds and cultures. Research also shows that diverse teams are better at solving complex problems and enjoy more dynamic workplaces. So at Facebook we’re serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics.

Below is the current demographic data for the company:


As these numbers show, we have more work to do – a lot more. But the good news is that we’ve begun to make progress.

Diversity is something that we’re treating as everyone’s responsibility at Facebook, and the challenge of finding…

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This is the About section of the I-­SEEED

This is the About section of the I-­SEEED

I-­SEEED strives to build an ecosystem of “solutionists” to solve our communities’ most pressing social problems. We believe that through innovative economic, educational, environmental design, and cutting edge technology, we can create just and sustainable communities for all.

I-SEEED facilitates the sharing of knowledge and resources between schools, businesses, universities, and communities. Our collaborators come from Schools of Medicine, Departments of Social Science, Schools of Engineering, scientists with backgrounds in clinical and preventive medicine, computer science and information technology, social networks, political science, wireless technology and population health, clinical and experimental psychology, ethnic studies, public health, education, child development, gender studies, exercise and nutrition science, urban planning, new media and biology.  We see our inter-disciplinary approach as a key innovation and obvious strength. We engage youth and community-members in educational and environmental design, STEAM* Education, and participatory approaches to sustainable community development. 

We believe that through deep investments in people, place, systems and structures we can fundamentally transform the built environment – heal social and environmental trauma – and provide opportunities for all children and families to reach their full potential.