Everyone loves SpaceX, and thinks of Elon as the genius founder that invents new types of rockets that are cheaper, faster, more efficient.
It's fun to think of it as SpaceX versus NASA, or Silicon Valley vs Aerospace.
But let's talk about D&I, and logs. Logs as in timber. 🌲
If you've seen my talk on D&I, then you are familiar with under-matching: a phenomenon where bright kids from rural areas don't pursue intellectually rigorous careers.
Talent is everywhere. Opportunity is not.
Under-matching affects white folk too.
Stanford research shows that with minor intervention, you can connect under-matched kids with the opportunities to reach their potential.
A guidance counselor, college advisor,or mentor, can put a person on the right path.
An uninformed LA Times Opinion writer is big mad that UCLA asks faculty applicants to document their contributions to “equity, diversity and inclusion."
She asked: "If Albert Einstein applied for a professorship at UCLA today, would he be hired?"
Umm.. yes he would. A thread. pic.twitter.com/KOuPhE8yIb
As previously mentioned, here's what Einstein had to say about segregation:
"There is a separation of white people and colored people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it."
For the last 20 years of his career, Einstein declined almost all public speaking engagements, except those at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The above photo was taken at Lincoln University, an HBCU.