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Department slams brakes on diversity classes — Friday, September 25, 2020 — www.eenews.net

The Interior Department, one of the government’s whitest agencies, is postponing a series of training events on race and diversity in light of recent directives from the White House.

In an email to agency leaders obtained by E&E News, Interior’s chief diversity officer said the “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Conversations” will be put on hold until further guidance from the White House.

The email is in response to a Sept. 4 memo from the Office of Management and Budget that banned agency spending on any training event that discusses “white privilege,” characterizing it as “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

Erica White-Dunston,

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Former Nike Air Jordan designer pushing sneaker industry to diversity

  • D’Wayne Edwards is one of a handful of Black designers who built a successful career in the sneaker industry.
  • He worked as Nike’s footwear design director between 2001 and 2011, where he made sneakers for the Air Jordan brand.
  • Now, Edwards is leading the charge for more Black representation in the sneaker industry, via his work as the founder of design academy Pensole and as a leader for The African American Footwear Forum (AAFF), which addresses and solves diversity issues in the field.
  • “It’s our job to tear the damn door down,” Edwards said of the industry’s barriers to entry
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