Google’s internal e-mails reportedly show that employees in charge of Google’s relationship with universities questioned executives to set clearer targets for diversity, and that employees felt that the company’s difficulty in retaining non-white employees was hampering hiring. In June, employees of a team called Uneversity Programs wrote to Kyle Ewing, Google’s head of personnel operations.
The letter expresses employees’ displeasure that executives are not doing enough to diversify, and sets out a series of ways to clearly define the roles of Uneversity Programs employees and set goals for them.
The letter also recommends that Google establish accountability, audit all managers, and provide data on the working hours and pay of non-white employees at all levels, comparing it with data on white employees, including current and past data.
A Google spokesman responded: “We thank our employees for sending such an email, and we received it in June, and all employees will work for our commitment to racial equality.” We are turning these specific commitments into sustained and meaningful change. “