Twitter recently announced a new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, who happens to be a white guy. This doesn’t exactly scream diversity.
Although, Jeffrey Siminoff lacks what some may think as the obvious qualifications to serve as the new VP of diversity, he does seem to have a well rounded background. He has served as the head of diversity programs with some major companies, such as Apple and Morgan Stanley. According to Tech Crunch, Siminoff is a founding leader of OUT Leadership, which is a LGBT leadership organization.
Many have much to say about Twitter’s new addition. Mark S. Luckie, former Manager of News at Twitter found this especially interesting.
Most of Twitter’s accounts are outside the United States, with majority of those users coming from the Middle East and Africa. Within the US, 30% of Twitter users are Hispanic and Black, but only make up less than 5% of Twitter’s management team according to a former engineer, Leslie Miley.
Twitter has not directly acknowledged the criticism of their new VP choice, but they have accepted the fact that there is progress to be made. In 2016, they plan to increase the roles of women and underrepresented minorities. They plan to recruit from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Along with building relationships with organizations who create opportunities for the underrepresented.
While diversity goes beyond race and gender, Twitter did make an interesting choice when they are having the most basic diversity issues. However, Siminoff does have a diverse background, so we will have to wait and see to watch what he brings to our feeds.