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Google to launch internal anti-racism training programs by early 2021

June 23, 2020 / Ryan Golden

Google will create "a range of anti-racism educational programs" for employees as part of a set of initiatives aimed at building racial equity and inclusion, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a June 17 statement. The training, to be launched by early 2021, will cover systemic racism and racial consciousness, Pichai said. The company will also invite external speakers for conversations on subjects including racial history, structural inequities, allyship and self-reflection. Diversity and inclusion will be integrated into mandatory managerial meetings, and the anti-racism training will be delivered to Google employees at all levels. Other equity initiatives launched by the company include updating security measures to eliminate the practice of Google employees "badge-checking" each other, as well as increasing the number of Black mental health counselors available to employees, Pichai said. Google did not respond to an HR Dive request for comment. As protests ...