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Not many tech firms are aware of their diversity problems; therefore, it’s the minority themselves who organized non-profit organizations in attempts to help other underrepresented minorities. According to the article “Laura Weidman Powers: Opening Doors for Minorities in Technology” by Bill Snyder, two minority woman, Tristan Walker and Laura Weidman Powers, organized a non-profit organization name Code2040 that aims to welcome African Americans and Latinos Engineers. Code2040 is a process that recruits top-tier African American and Latino Engineers into the program and help them land internships with Silicon Valley Tech Firms; during Code2040’s first year, the organization helped 5 people land paid internships with Silicon Valley Tech Companies and it’s projected to help much more underrepresented minorities throughout the years (Snyder). Continue reading
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From the beginning to the end, I always thought that the lack of racial diversity in the tech industry is an interesting and important topic to cover. My interest in this topic began when I started my freshmen year as an undergraduate computer engineering student at SFSU. I was enrolled in an Intro Engineering class that consists of approximately 85% Asians, 10% whites, and 5% Latinos and zero African Americans. This semester, I only know two African Americans who are majoring in Computer Science/Engineering and I have yet to encounter a Hispanic tech major. I am aware that SFSU is one of the most diverse college campuses; I begin to ask myself why tech majors aren’t as diverse as other majors. Therefore, I am interested to research this topic to find out what discerns African Americans and Hispanics from the tech field. Continue reading
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Based on my primary research, I discovered the opinion difference between a dominant group and underrepresented group. Mr. Levenson, ENGR 100 Instructor at SFSU claimed that tech industries have plenty of resources for anyone regardless of race or ethnic backgrounds, but the underrepresented groups have zero interests in it. On the other hand, Javier Kirksey, a 4th year SFSU Computer Engineering Student, argued that tech industries need to expand their resources as the underrepresented groups doesn’t have equal opportunities. There are tech companies that agrees with Mr. Levenson’s point of view. According to the article “How Blacks and Latinos Are Left out of Tech Hiring” by Stephanie Morillo, Tech Companies claimed that there are not enough African Americans or Hispanics for them to hire because the underrepresented groups are not interested in tech. Continue reading
The rates of African American and Hispanic tech workers plummeted throughout the years. In Silicon Valley of the San Francisco Bay Area, it is common to see whites and Asians as tech workers; on the other hand, it is rare and unusual to encounter African American or Hispanic tech workers. Underrepresented minorities who are trying to pursue careers in tech are discouraged and feel unwelcomed based on the low rates of their groups in the tech industry. Therefore, tech executives and CEOs should take action by providing more leadership opportunities for underrepresented groups to send a message to the groups that they have a chance to be working in higher job positions. Continue reading