Episcopal Health Foundation welcomes new vice president for applied research

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (2) [Episcopal Health Foundation press release] The Episcopal Health Foundation welcomes Dr. Shao-Chee Sim as EHF’s new vice president for applied research. Sim comes to EHF after more than 20 years of extensive research, community engagement, planning, and strategy experience within philanthropy, federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and nonprofit organizations.Sim is known nationally as a leader in improving health for immigrant communities and vulnerable populations. Most recently, he was the chief strategy officer of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City. Sim led the FQHC in its research and evaluation, strategic planning, and disease prevention, intervention and health service projects. Through strategic collaboration, Sim helped lead advocacy on issues such as community health center funding, hepatitis B, and culturally-competent health care. His research work included studying health disparities affecting underserved populations, assessing patient care experiences, and improving the effectiveness of intervention efforts.Along with this work with community health centers, Sim also assumed research leadership roles at several foundations and nonprofits – including The Wallace Foundation and the Asian American Federation of New York. Much of that research centered on mental health, access to health services and children’s issues for vulnerable groups.“Shao-Chee brings such a wide and diverse range of research experience to the Foundation,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “Those experiences show a clear focus on health, not just healthcare. His leadership will help EHF become concentrated on not just doing more health research, but different research projects designed to help guide improvements to community health.”Dr. Sim earned his Master’s degree in public administration from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.“I’m excited for the unique opportunity to build upon EHF’s efforts to bring long-lasting improvements to the health of millions of Texans,” Sim said. “It’s an opportunity to develop health data and research not as final projects of themselves, but as tools to use to advance the health of all in communities.” Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC October 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm I would like to know how locally our Diocesan clergy, especially pastoral counselors at Episcopal churches, might connect with this research group. Could you provide a website or email contact, please? Thank you. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

Hattie McDaniel: First Oscar-winning Black actor

first_imgHollywood’s 2016 all-white Academy Award acting nominations carry on the tradition of excluding, more often than not, Black achievement in films. Hollywood is a reflection of mainstream society’s historical policies and practice of institutional racism, exclusion and elimination.From time to time, however, there are exceptions to rules of law and custom, even while racial discrimination persists. One exception was an Academy Award given to Hattie McDaniel. It was the first Oscar awarded to a Black actor in 1940.Hattie McDaniel at 1940 Academy Awards ceremony.She won for best supporting actress in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind,” which glorified slavery The story takes place on an Atlanta, Ga., plantation during the U.S. Civil War. McDaniel played the role of “Mammy,” a house servant to Scarlett O’Hara. Other Black actors in the movie, such as Butterfly McQueen as Prissy, were also house servants. Despite winning the Oscar, McDaniel and the other Black actors were barred from attending the film’s premiere in apartheid Atlanta. The Oscars ceremony was held in a white-only hotel where McDaniel was relegated to a segregated back banquet table.McDaniel was born in 1893 in Wichita, Kan. She was her parents’ thirteenth child. Both parents were former slaves. Her father was a Civil War veteran who suffered severe injuries in the war. Her mother was a domestic worker. In 1901 the McDaniel family moved to Denver, Colo., where she was only one of two Black students in her class.McDaniel had a career in singing and dancing professionally before she became a film star. While in high school she began performing with her brother’s troupe and later formed an all-women’s minstrel show. When she was 18 she married and eventually became an established blues singer and sang with bands. She was also one of the first African-American women to be on the radio. In the 1920s she toured with vaudeville troupes, as well as performing on a Denver radio station.In 1931 McDaniel moved to Los Angeles where two of her siblings managed to obtain minor movie roles. Her brother also appeared on the radio there, where McDaniel too appeared. That same year she landed a tiny film role as an extra in a Hollywood musical. The following year she debuted as a maid in the film “Destino Rubio” and was featured as a housekeeper in the film “Gold West.”McDaniel: A pioneer for African-American actorsIn 1934 she got a big break in the film “Judge Priest” where she sang a duet with Will Rogers. In the 1935 film “The Little Colonel” starring Shirley Temple and Lionel Barrymore, McDaniel played the role of Mom Beck. The following year she played Queenie in the film “Showboat.” One of her most powerful but little known roles was in the anti-racist 1942 drama “In This Our Life” with Bette Davis and Olivia DeHavilland. McDaniel played a grief-stricken mother of a young law student falsely accused of a hit-and-run fatality.During WW II McDaniel entertained U.S. troops and promoted the sale of war bonds.To say that nonstereotypical roles for Black actors were hard to come by is an understatement. Throughout the mid-1940s Black actors mainly played roles that progressive Black people referred to as “offensive.” In some quarters the media also attacked McDaniel for accepting roles that perpetuated negative stereotypes of Black people. She was unjustly criticized for being satisfied with playing servants and slaves. She was not politically active, but in her Oscar acceptance speech she said she hoped to be a credit to her race.McDaniel defended her right to accept whatever roles she chose. She also intimated that characters like Mammy demonstrated they were more than just meeting their employers’ standards. She responded that her choice was to either make $700 a week in film, TV and radio portraying a servant or to actually work as a servant for $7 a week.The NAACP pleaded with ­African- American actors to stop taking such roles seen as degrading to Black communities. And they pressed Hollywood to begin creating characters that portrayed Black people as being unable to attain much more than cleaning, cooking and caring for white people.During the Civil Rights Movement those denigrating movie roles for which Black actors were typecast began to disappear. In 1947 when her offers dried up, McDaniel accepted the starring role on the radio program “The Beulah Show,” in which she played a maid again. But she used her talents to shatter racial stereotypes, not reinforce them.In 1951 while filming the TV version of “Beulah,” who was initially played by another Black actor and singer, Ethel Waters, McDaniel suffered a heart attack and was later diagnosed with breast cancer. She was replaced by actress Louise Beavers.Hattie McDaniel died of cancer in 1952 and was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975. The then-Hollywood Cemetery, where many acting legends are buried, denied her request to be buried there due to their white-only policy.McDaniel was a great actor who brought dignity to her roles, stereotypical or not.Source: biography.com/people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Working-class warriors in the battle of ideas

first_imgNow is the time for working people in the United States to act in solidarity with the valiant teachers’ struggle in Mexico. The teachers’ union, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), announced an indefinite teachers’ strike beginning July 5.That Mexico’s teachers need solidarity from laboring people everywhere was brutally proved in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, on June 19 when federal police fired on teachers, students and Indigenous people who had taken the teachers’ side. Thirteen died and over a hundred were wounded.This is not the first murderous attack by the Mexican state on teachers. In 2014, 43 student teachers were kidnapped from activist Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College and have remained “disappeared.” The Oaxacan section of the CNTE has been militantly resisting state repression and attempts to break their union.Workers in the U.S. should pay close attention to how the state is attacking the teachers’ union. Before the federal government brought out their guns, the state first imposed new certification testing for who could teach. These requirements were culturally biased and designed to eliminate teachers from rural, impoverished and Indigenous backgrounds. Those teachers are the most militant fighters for economic and social justice for workers and oppressed peoples.The capitalist bosses need school systems to produce workers to be unthinking and apathetic cogs in profit-making machines. Big business doesn’t want workers asking critical questions about how they can take charge and tear down the system exploiting them. Let alone replace capitalism with a system they run in their own interests.In the U.S. there are ongoing, insidious neoliberal attempts to privatize public education, “standardize” the curriculum to fit the plans of big business and strip teacher unions of the power to fight for their students. Right-wing legislators are attacking university programs that teach histories of fightback, especially liberation lessons from people of color and women.Militant U.S. teacher organizations see the connections between their struggles and those of Mexican teachers. Immediately, the Chicago Teachers Union, the California Teachers Federation and MORE, the movement of rank-and-file educators in the Social Justice Caucus of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, sent messages of solidarity to the CNTE. Some U.S. teacher unions held demonstrations and “die-ins” to educate the public about the struggle in Mexico. Class-conscious teachers are warriors in the battle of ideas between the working class and the ruling class.Just as U.S. unionists have begun to show support for the valiant general strike of French workers against their capitalist government, now is the time for all-out working-class solidarity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Women’s basketball see season end in 59-53 loss to Arizona in WNIT semifinals

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/center_img ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook printTCU did its best to overcome 27 percent shooting from the field as a team but fell just short. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.comVying to make the WNIT championship for the first time in the program’s history, TCU women’s basketball couldn’t overcome its worst shooting night of the season, falling to Arizona 59-53 in the WNIT semifinals.“I am so proud of this entire team,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “This is a team that continued to fight all year.” The Horned Frogs shot just 27 percent from the floor as a team in the game, including a 3-15 shooting performance in the third quarter.Despite playing in front of a near-capacity crowd of10,135 at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona, TCU came out of the gate aggressive,holding the Wildcats scoreless in the first three minutes and taking an early6-2 lead.A 10-0 run by Arizona put it ahead 12-9 at the end of the first period, but TCU had made its presence known.This sequence repeated itself in the second quarter, as the Horned Frogs quickly took a 13-9 lead before allowing four unanswered three-pointers by the Wildcats. This run gave Arizona a 24-13 lead with 5:35 left before halftime.In her last game in a TCU uniform, center Jordan Moore finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Photo by Heesoo YangTCU struggled to contain Wildcats’ guard Aari McDonald in the first 20 minutes, as the junior lead all scorers with 11 points in the first half alone.McDonald finished the game with 19 points.Arizona looked to put the game away in the third quarter, hitting two three-pointers in the first few possessions. TCU wouldn’t go away, though, as guard Jayde Woods hit one from behind the arc with six seconds left in the third quarter, cutting the Horned Frogs’ deficit to just seven points with 10 minutes remaining.Just a few minutes into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats took their largest lead since the second quarter; afterward, the Horned Frogs battled back to come within three points, 46-43, midway through the period.This moment was the closest TCU got to a comeback, as Arizona hit several clutch shots down the stretch to keep the game out of reach and advance to the WNIT Championship.“You hear a lot about teams that go through adversity, but this team really went through a lot,” Pebley said. “I am just really proud of how they were able to support each other through it all.”For the second consecutive game, Jordan Moore and forward Amy Okonkwo both contributed double-doubles for TCU. Moore finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Okonkwo scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.The two seniors combined for 2,838 points in their careers as Horned Frogs, both finishing in the top ten on TCU’s all-time scoring list. Shooting 54.7 percent in her tenure at TCU, Moore is the school’s all-time leader in field goal percentage. Okonkwo hit 85 percent of her free throws in her TCU career, the second highest percentage in TCU history. With a combined 2,838 points, seniors Jordan Moore (22) and Amy Okonkwo (00) finish as two of the best to ever play for TCU. Photo by Heesoo Yang“Our seniors havemeant so much,” Pebley said. “It is immeasurable, and I think we will continueto see the impact they have had on our program in the years to come.”After reaching the month of April for the first time in the program’s history, TCU finished 24-11 on the season. The 24 wins are tied for second most of all time. Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Colin Post Previous articleNews Now 4/3/19Next articleThe Skiff: April 4, 2019 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook ReddIt Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/last_img read more

AGR Case : SC Asks DoT To Complete Assessment Of Liability In Cases Of Spectrum Trading [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesAGR Case : SC Asks DoT To Complete Assessment Of Liability In Cases Of Spectrum Trading [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 Sep 2020 7:07 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Department of Telecommunications to complete the assessment of liability to pay AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) dues in cases of spectrum trading.”We direct DoT to complete the assessment in such cases of trade(spectrum trade) and raise demand if it has not been raised and to examine the correctness of self­assessment and raise demand, if necessary, after…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Department of Telecommunications to complete the assessment of liability to pay AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) dues in cases of spectrum trading.”We direct DoT to complete the assessment in such cases of trade(spectrum trade) and raise demand if it has not been raised and to examine the correctness of self­assessment and raise demand, if necessary, after due verification. In case demand notice has not been issued, let DoT raise the demand within six weeks from today”, ordered a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.The bench, on a joint reading of para 11 of the Spectrum Trading Guidelines dated 12.10.2015 read with O.M. dated 12.05.2016, held that the seller’s dues prior to the concluding of the agreement/spectrum trading shall not be upon the buyer.The bench further held that parties were aware the litigation with respect to the definition of AGR was pending, and therefore, the purchasers of spectrum cannot escape the liability as specified in the Spectrum Trading guidelines.”It is clear that in the case, which was decided by this Court relating to AGR dues, respondents were the parties, and they were litigating with respect to the definition of AGR in the second round of appeal filed before this Court. Each of them was aware that the dispute as to the definition of AGR was pending in this Court. Thus, it is apparent that it was known to the parties that AGR dues to be finalised as per the decision of this Court in a pending matter, and lis was pending for the last 20 years. The liability cannot be escaped as specified in the Trading Guidelines to the extent that the seller or buyer is liable. They have to pay the AGR as per the judgment rendered by this Court”, the bench observed.With respect to the liability under spectrum-sharing (as opposed to spectrum-trading), the bench observed :”That in the present case, only part of the spectrum of the licensee has been shared with the case of some of TSPs., which has been approved by the DoT under the Sharing Guidelines, 2015, and there is no provision for the liability of the past dues on the shared operator. Even otherwise, the past dues of sharing operator/licensee covers AGR for the spectrum used by holder of licence, certain TSPs. such as Reliance came into existence later on, and as observed hereinabove, the liability of such operator of the AGR, would only be to the extent it has used the said spectrum. Shared operator TSPs cannot be saddled with the liability to pay the past dues of AGR of licensee, that have shared the spectrum with the original licensees”. The bench has also allowed 10 years time to the telecom companies to pay off the AGR dues in annual instalments.Directions of the Bench That for the demand raised by the Department of Telecom in respect of the AGR dues based on the judgment of this Court, there shall not be any dispute raised by any of the Telecom Operators and that there shall not be any re­assessment. That, at the first instance, the respective Telecom Operators shall make the payment of 10% of the total dues as demanded by DoT by 31.3.2021. TSPs. have to make payment in yearly instalments commencing from 1.4.2021 up to 31.3.2031 payable by 31st March of every succeeding financial year Various companies through Managing Director/Chairman or other authorised officer, to furnish an undertaking within four weeks, to make payment of arrears as per the order. The existing bank guarantees that have been submitted regarding the spectrum shall be kept alive by TSPs. until the payment is made. In the event of any default in making payment of annual instalments, interest would become payable as per the agreement along with penalty and interest on penalty automatically without reference to Court. Besides, it would be punishable for contempt of Court. Let compliance of order be reported by all TSPs. and DoT every year by 7th April of each succeeding year. [Read Order]Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more

Formaldehyde (HCHO) in air, snow and interstitial air at Concordia (East Antarctic plateau) in summer

first_imgDuring the 2011/12 and 2012/13 austral summers, HCHO was investigated for the first time in ambient air, snow, and interstitial air at the Concordia site, located near Dome C on the East Antarctic Plateau, by deploying an Aerolaser AL-4021 analyzer. Snow emission fluxes were estimated from vertical gradients of mixing ratios observed at 1 cm and 1 m above the snow surface as well as in interstitial air a few centimeters below the surface and in air just above the snowpack. Typical flux values range between 1 and 2 × 1012 molecules m−2 s−1 at night and 3 and 5 × 1012 molecules m−2 s−1 at noon. Shading experiments suggest that the photochemical HCHO production in the snowpack at Concordia remains negligible compared to temperature-driven air–snow exchanges. At 1 m above the snow surface, the observed mean mixing ratio of 130 pptv and its diurnal cycle characterized by a slight decrease around noon are quite well reproduced by 1-D simulations that include snow emissions and gas-phase methane oxidation chemistry. Simulations indicate that the gas-phase production from CH4 oxidation largely contributes (66%) to the observed HCHO mixing ratios. In addition, HCHO snow emissions account for ~ 30% at night and ~ 10% at noon to the observed HCHO levels.last_img read more

Hovis to drive white bread as sales surge

first_imgPremier Foods has announced strong growth for Hovis’ branded bakery, and plans to push for further sales of white bread.In the firm’s preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009, it announced that branded bakery sales for Hovis grew by 13.5% to £370m, though it explained the increase in volume sales was partly offset by pricing with the proportion of bread sold on promotion higher than in 2008.Retailer brand bakery fell by 15.6% to £179m, but Premier noted that the loss in non-branded sales was “more than offset” by increased volumes of branded bread. Regarding future opportunities, Premier said growth was still available from “expanding in segments of the market in which Hovis is under-represented, such as white bread”.Total bakery sales in the Hovis division were up 2% to £549m. Milling sales fell by 16.8% to £193m, as raw material costs had a significant effect, according to the firm. This resulted in a fall in total sales for Hovis of 3.6% to £742m. However, trading profit for the division was up 75% from £24m in 2008 to £42m in 2009.last_img read more

Dover Camping World Truck pit stall assignments

first_imgREAD: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back After winning his third pole in as many series at Dover International Speedway, Darrell Wallace Jr. earned the first pick of pit stall for Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 at the Monster Mile at 5 p.m. ET on SPEED, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.The 19-year-old previously had poles in the K&N Pro Series East — along with a win in that series — and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The former NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver seeks his first national series win, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.Wallace became the youngest driver to win a Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award.Fellow front-row starter Chase Elliott chose the sixth pit stall, behind the first opening on pit road. Jeb Burton, who starts third, chose the 10th pit stall next to the second opening on pit road.READ MORE: 21 Means 21 Pole Award winner Darrell Wallace Jr. gets the first pit pick READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win READ: Post-Coca-Cola 600 Driver Reports ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.last_img read more

Dell ‘s FY2011 Corporate Responsibility Report: It’s Good Business To Do Good

first_imgToday I take great pride on behalf of our team and our company as we issue Dell’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.Many people have worked tirelessly to compile data and update our stakeholders on how, through technology and commitment, Dell is helping build more sustainable communities and helpingprotect the planet.  Whether it’s through our green efforts or giving programs, our company gives back in many ways responsibly and with integrity.Dell was named Newsweek’s 2010 Greenest Company in America . We take a holistic view of how we can deliver better products and services by looking at sustainability throughout the lifecycle. From designing, building and shipping to using and recycling computer equipment, the company’s goal is to deliver the highest quality and most energy-efficient products with the least impact on the environment.We have learned a great deal over the years in efficiently managing our own operations, buying renewable energy where practical, implementing practices that save energy and other resources. That mindset helps us focus on developing innovative energy efficient products and solutions for customers, shipping alternatives with sustainable packaging materials, and world class recycling options that make it easy for our customers to be green. We’d like to highlight some of our achievements in sustainability:Data center efficiency improvements: within a five-year time frame Dell server performance per watt improved 31X;Laptops and desktops consume 25 percent less energy than in 2008;Customers have saved nearly $6 billion through Energy Smart since 2005, avoiding more than 55 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;Reduced the size of laptop and desktop boxes by 11 percent;Increased bamboo packaging for laptops and smartphones;Began a pilot to ship Dell PowerEdge servers in mushroom packaging; mushroom packaging is dense and tough enough to protect our servers and desktops and is also compostable;Extended free global recycling to 78 countries and facilitated equipment drop off at more than 3,700 Goodwill and Staples locations in the U.S. and Canada;Recycled more than 150 million pounds of end-of-life computer equipment. Dell is on pace to recycle 1 billion pounds by 2014.In addition to our sustainability efforts, our giving programs had a great year. Those efforts help close the technology gap, support youth education, entrepreneurship and digital inclusion for underserved communities around the world. Dell targets 1 percent of pre-tax profits toward programs that benefit education, health and children. The company last year made progress in its global YouthConnect program and stimulated social entrepreneurship through the Dell Social Innovation Competition. Here are some of our giving highlights:YouthConnect has positively affected 2 million children globally with expansion to nine countries;Expanded the Dell Social Innovation competition to promote social change in growing communities and committed $5 million over five years to the University of Texas at Austin to grow the program;Dell and team members made multi-million dollar contributions for global disaster relief.We also made some great gains in the area of Diversity. It is critical for companies like Dell to have a diverse workforce and embrace the similarities and differences of its team. Also, in order for Dell to effectively serve a global community, we proudly support having a diverse supplier network. Here are some of the accomplishments we saw in diversity in 2010:$3 billion investment with diverse businesses;Dell named one of the “Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities by DiverseBusiness.comDiversityInc.’s Top 50 Companies list;Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list;Perfect score on Corporate Equality Index of the Human Rights Campaign for seventh time in a row.We continued our efforts to affect supplier work practices and require them to use the Electronics Industry Citizenship code of conduct as a basis for workplace operations and safety. Last year Dell doubled the number of supplier audits to 119.You can either download the PDF of Dell’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report or you can also view it via Slideshare. We hope you have an opportunity to read our report and we look forward to continuing the conversation. While we have made much progress, we have much more work to do to help people achieve their full potential and help us protect the planet.last_img read more