Airbnb to recruit more minorities as it combats lack of diversity, racism

Airbnb app on a tablet.(Photo: John MacDougal, AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb is creating a new program to recruit more underrepresented minorities in computer science and data science as it wrestles with the lack of diversity in its workforce and high-profile incidents of racism on its service. The program, Airbnb Connect, will offer temporary gigs to people looking to make a career transition. The announcement came as the San Francisco company put on its annual OpenAir conference which this year has a big focus on combating discrimination on online platforms and eliminating bias in hiring decisions. Speakers include Ellen Pao, a former venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who sued the firm for gender discrimination and lost, and Leslie Miley, the former Twitter engineer who sparked public debate for challenging…


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