Racial Diversity and Data Visualization

We’ve been working on data visualization in class with Northeastern’s John Wihbey, and after doing a brief exercise involving the gender breakdown of Silicon Valley, I decided to look into the breakdown from a racial perspective (this is a blog on race after all). Pulling data from Facebook, Google, and Apple’s 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity reports, I made up this quick graphic to display the racial diversity (or lack thereof) in three of the biggest tech companies in the game. While Facebook, Google, and Apple may be getting more diverse in their hiring of women (it’s still not great, but it is getting better—see the last year column in the individual reports), Silicon Valley has a long way to go to level the playing field for racial diversity.


FōMū: A Dream Come Trū

FōMū: A Dream Come Trū

This post is a little more personal than usual, on a topic near and dear to my heart: ice cream. I can eat it at as a snack, a meal replacement, or dessert; it is good any time of day or year. It is my go-to comfort food, my favorite indulgence. As a kid, I wanted to have my tonsils taken out because I thought I could have all the ice cream in the world.

But some of my favorite teammates are lactose-intolerant and others are vegan (which is a feat in and of itself with a sport as intense as rugby), so we’ve struggled to find places where we can all indulge. Up until recently, we thought J.P. Licks and Veggie Galaxy were our only options in terms of dairy-free dessert choices. Thankfully, we were wrong.

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