More and more, our community is awakening to the possibilities of technology: We have the highest tech adoption rates of any other ethenicity, and new ventures and innovative ideas are popping up everywhere. Across major tech, science and engineering firms, the demand for women and minorities is reportedly huge, as is the desire of underrepresented groups to succeed in STEM careers… and yet for all that seeming excitement, the unique diversity of this country is still not reflected in tech workplaces. On the contrary, the monochrome disparities seem to be growing worse and worse and becoming more visible.
Case in point, those Latino/as who DO venture into the tech fields are still getting less than 1% of VC funding, as we have pointed out in previous posts. With the largest growth in population in the country and 1 in 5 students being of Latino descent, it is imperative for our community to step it up in order to do its part for the future of the country.
According to a report called “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads,” released by the Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline, the U.S. needs hundreds of thousands of university-trained STEM graduates to enter the workforce in the next decade alone just to keep pace with new global challenges.
So we know diversity in tech is a huge problem, but where do we even start? What exactly are the solutions?
Join us tonight on #LATISM for a discussion about Diversity in Technology.
- Is the tech field lacking minorities because it accepts ‘only the best and brightest’ – as some point out – or is the lack of minority representation in it intentional?
- What kind of policies and practices can be put in place to readdress inequities in the field?
- What can be done to get our youth more interested in pursuing tech careers?
- How could minority-owned startups get access to venture capital (VC) funds?
We’ll also be sharing more details of our upcoming Latino2 Conference in New York City, where Latino entrepreneurs and developers will get guidance on how to work around the diversity problem and have the chance to pitch directly to venture capitalists to get their startups off the ground! For more information about this amazing opportunity, visit the site. Registration for the June 7th event is now open!!
HOSTESS: @ergeekgoddess DATE: Thursday – May 24, 2012 TIME: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm EST TOPIC: Diversity in Technology