Does setting targets really help tackle racism?On 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. There are two debates raging in the field of diversity: the effects of beinglabelled institutionally racist and an obsession with targets. These two issues are powerful drivers and are pushing organisations to”do the right thing”. The first is to lose the racist label andsecond is to have more ethnic minorities represented at all levels oforganisations. But the emphasis on these issues could hide the true lesson of theMacpherson Report – the opportunity for change. There is no doubt that a year on from the report, which followed the murderof black teenager Stephen Lawrence, racism still exists and that the statisticsreflect an appalling failure of society to ensure equality – but can targetshelp solve the problem? Performance targets and business measures serve to focus employers’ minds onwhat needs to be done to achieve a goal and, by implication, help move theorganisation forward. But when it comes to managing equality and diversity, targets andmeasurements are a source of contention and confusion. Perhaps it is because performance targets are internally driven and owned bymanagement, but equality targets are perceived as being externally imposed.Also, they allow for an interpretation that can imply failure. Official recognition of “institutional racism” raises a furthercomplication. This label allows people who are racist to hide behind anorganisation and deny personal responsibility. It also makes people who abhorracism feel guilty by association. Diversity targets fall a long way short of bringing about equality forBritain’s ethnic minorities and addressing these issues. The quantity and quality of research performed on diversity issues and thelearning offered is staggering. What is needed is a shift from research toaction. Before targets are discussed, an organisation must understand theissues and where the problems are. Diversity is essential to achieve sustainablechange and competitive advantage. Target setting can be like looking through a telescope from the wrong end.You can see something, but it doesn’t open up the bigger picture. A target setsminimum levels of achievement that rapidly become maximum levels of attainment.Apparent achievement can allow the equality debate to stagnate as the visibletarget is complied with. A challenge to both public and private sectors is to appoint specialistdiversity managers who bring diversity into focus, have seniority and asubstantial budget, and who can implement learning from the Macpherson andKing’s Fund reports (News, 3 July).By Kay Allen, a diversity services director at The Grass Roots GroupUK. She was formerly diversity directorat B&Q Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Zurich became the event’s title sponsor in 2005 and since has helped raise more than $21 million for community charities, tournament officials said. Those charities’ missions include providing food, housing and holiday gift cards, as well as educational and recreational opportunities, for children. Beneficiaries also include organizations that assist patients with cancer or other serious ailments and disabilities.___USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia.The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.USA Swimming said it will announce further scheduling details in the coming weeks, subject to local health guidelines. Associated Press The Latest: Remainder of AHL season “likely” to be canceled A tentative national schedule has been released, leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2021.The first meet of the TYR Pro Swim Series is set for Richmond from Nov. 5-8, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 13-16, 2021), San Antonio (March 3-6), Mission Viejo, California (April 8-11, 2021), and Indianapolis (May 12-15).Other meets on the tentative national schedule include the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 2-5, as well as the Speedo Juniors East and West short-course meets from Dec. 9-12, which will be held in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, respectively.___UEFA is paying 236.5 million euros ($255 million) in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic. ___There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic.The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in late July. The international beach volleyball tour has also come to a halt, along with qualifying for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.“Together, we can overcome this opponent,” says Ross, who won a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio de Janiero. ___Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer. The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8. Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players, in part because they came to work out at the school’s facilities. Clemson finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for this upcoming football season, according to ESPN.com. The program is worth more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in the current 4-year cycle compared to $6 million in basic funding from FIFA for 2019-22.___Organizers of the Catalonia Vuelta cycling race say this year’s edition will take place next year.The 100th edition of the race had already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for March 23-29.Organizers say the cycling calendar has been significantly reduced because of the pandemic and they didn’t want the Catalonia Vuelta competing with other major events. They also did not want to change the race’s format. ___The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation.The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations that entailed digging up and re-sodding fairways, as well as restoring greens and bunkers, and improving drainage.For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations. The French Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision further pushes back the start of the Formula One season.The race was scheduled for June 28 on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in southern France. The French government has banned public gatherings until mid-July and race organizers decided not to try to postpone the race or try holding it without fans.French GP managing director Eric Boullier says their plans are “already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more original event.”F1 chairman Chase Carey says “while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision.” Silverstone circuit managing director Stuart Pringle wrote an email to ticket buyers saying he is “extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans.”Pringle says organizers left the decision for as long as possible “but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions … that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.“___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UEFA says each of its 55 members is getting up to 4.3 million euros ($4.7 million) they are due in central funding through next season.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.”Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”European officials are usually required to spend certain amounts in areas such as youth and women’s soccer, referee training, and operating costs. They are not subject to mandatory UEFA audits.UEFA’s funding program, called Hat-Trick, is worth twice as much to European federations as they get from FIFA. The first 10 races this season have either been rescheduled or canceled.The Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 is now the earliest potential date to start the season.___British Grand Prix organizers say they are talking to the government about the viability of holding the Formula One race on July 19 with no fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season was due to begin in March but no races have been possible so far. The Russian soccer league says it is hoping to resume play in late June and wants to complete its season by Aug. 2.The league says it is discussing June 21 and 28 with clubs as possible dates to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each club has eight more league games to play.The league says it would keep promotion and relegation if the season can be completed.The league could expand from 16 to 18 teams for next season with the addition of the two best-placed teams from the second division if the season can’t be finished. It would then shrink back to its current size for the 2021-22 season. The Russian Cup could also be removed from the calendar for next season only.Players in Russia are currently training on their own at home during a nationwide lockdown and some foreign players have left the country. The league says it has discussed a return to training but didn’t announce any dates for that. Organizers say they want “to celebrate a 100th edition with the maximum guarantees and with the best world cyclists.”They say the race will be held next year in the last week of March.___A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of Höhr-Grenzhausen. ___FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog.The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes. The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015.Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.___ FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.FIFA’s proposal must be formally approved by rule-making panel IFAB.___Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5. Carey says “we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer” and that 15-18 races can take place.F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.”The plan is then to race in “Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.”Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”___ The person spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to discuss the plans of the NHL’s top minor league.The AHL responded by saying there was “nothing imminent” in terms of calling off the remainder of the season.Last week, AHL President and CEO David Andrews said the league was “pivoting” to the 2020-21 season, while adding nothing was official regarding the status of this season.The 31-team AHL joined the NHL in suspending its season on March 12.— AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno reporting. April 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A person with direct knowledge of discussions tells The Associated Press it’s “quite likely” the American Hockey League will cancel the remainder of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse (2-0) welcomes Florida State (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon. In week two, both SU and FSU played FCS opponents. The Orange thrashed Wagner, 62-10, while FSU defeated Samford, 36-26.Here’s what to know about Florida State headed into this week’s matchup:All-time series: Florida State leads, 10-1Last time they played: Syracuse lost 27-24 in Tallahassee last November behind two blocked field goals by FSU. The Orange, led by Eric Dungey, who played the majority of the game on a broken foot, more than doubled Florida State’s passing yards. Syracuse totaled more than 100 yards of total offense greater than the Seminoles. FSU ran 56 plays to SU’s 95 — but Cam Akers ran 22 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. A blocked 43-yard field goal attempt sealed SU’s fate in the game’s waning seconds.The FSU report: Florida State has stumbled under new head coach Willie Taggart, with a loss at home against Virginia Tech and then the tight win over Samford just five days later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaggart came to FSU after the departure of former head coach Jimbo Fisher last offseason. Taggart, who coached Oregon in 2017, orchestrated two wins against Syracuse during his time at South Florida from 2013-16. The last time a Taggart-coached team played in the Carrier Dome was in 2016, when USF defeated Syracuse 45-20.Through two games, FSU’s defense has been stout. The Seminoles have allowed 10 second half points, none of which have come in the third quarter. In addition, FSU boasts the nation’s seventh-ranked third down defense, allowing a conversion 22.2 percent of the time. In the run game, which has been Syracuse’s best offensive category through two games, the Seminoles have held opponents to 2.75 yards per carry.Offensively, the Seminoles are led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois. Against Virginia Tech, Francois struggled, throwing for under 250 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked five times. Against Samford, he led a comeback behind 320 yards passing and three touchdowns.How Syracuse beats FSU: Throughout the 11 meetings between the two programs all-time, FSU averages more than 200 yards per game on the ground. And in each of the last four meetings — all FSU victories —the Seminoles have had a 100-yard rusher. But with 10 offensive linemen playing in the first two games of 2018, FSU’s running game has struggled. If Syracuse can pressure the inexperienced offensive line with defensive penetration as well as strong play from the linebackers, FSU’s offense could turn stagnant. The Seminoles have been outscored 26-7 in the first quarter this season. That means if the Orange offense comes out hot, it may have a chance to get up early. After only one SU receiver caught a pass in week one against Western Michigan, five receivers reeled in balls in week two. Syracuse will need to spread the ball around like it did in week two to avoid relying on the run game against a stout FSU run defense.Player to watch: Cam Akers, running back, No. 3A season ago, Akers broke FSU’s freshman rushing record with 1,024 yards. With seven touchdowns and 5.3 yards per carry in 2017, Akers was named to the All-ACC third team. Though the Seminoles haven’t shredded either of their opponents on the ground so far this season, Akers has still averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which includes an 85-yard run against Virginia Tech. Akers has gained 63 percent of his yards after contact, ranking him third in the nation. Published on September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44