Posts about Diversity in Tech
LET’S TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY
Diversity in the workplace is a must. Having a mix of culture, background and race all under the same roof is an opportunity for creativity, collaboration and improves the overall health of your company. This definitely isn’t a new concept, so why is it that on the national level underrepresented minorities hold only 10% of Software Development roles?
Diversity gets talked about a lot in tech circles. It’s not a new issue but one that has become especially topical since Google’s famous (and damning) 2014 employee survey. The survey results laid bare Google’s record on diversity; only 30% of Google’s workforce are women, 3% Hispanic and 2% Black. Not good.
So why does this matter?
At Grand Circus, we think that the tech industry should reflect the diversity of our broader community. We’ve baked this idea into our core values and it guides how we hire team members, recruit students and design programs. I’m proud of our record but in city where 90% of the population is Black or Latino we have more work to do.
Update: This blog post was written about our 2016 program. Applications are now closed.
On July 18, we’ll kick off DEVELOP(her), a coding bootcamp for women in the Detroit and Flint communities. DEVELOP(her) is an innovative program that will allow us to find, train and unleash 20 female developers into the world. So why a bootcamp just for women?
Let’s take a look at some stats to explain. Women dominate the workforce and universities in the U.S. (57% for both), but when we look at representation in tech, women aren’t equally represented. Women are just 25% of the computing workforce. For those of us who decide to pursue a career in tech, less than 50% stay in those tech roles.
There’s clearly a missing link. In elementary and middle school, women have just as much interest in science, math and tech as their male counterparts. I’m sure you’ve heard this narrative. Somewhere between high school and college, a large number of us pursue a different path whether it’s because of a lack of exposure, misinformed beliefs or not seeing any STEM sheroes.