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Starbucks to close for diversity training

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/29/18, 10:47 am

Starbucks will close its more than 8,000 U.S. locations Tuesday afternoon for diversity training. The unusual move is designed to help restore the coffee chain’s image after employees at a Philadelphia location called police on two African-American men who sat down without ordering anything. The men said they were waiting for a business contact. All 175,000 Starbucks employees will take the “unconscious bias training,” a curriculum that focuses on prejudice people might not realize they have. The four-hour session will begin with a history lesson, reminding workers of the landmarks in the civil rights movement from the 1960s to today.


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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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