Minorities in Tech at the University of Washington will act as a forum to build and foster a diverse community that increases solidarity, allyship, and support to promote higher retention rates of minorities within the technology industry and academia.
We will challenge our biases, talk about our experiences, and teach one another how to be kinder and more compassionate.
This group is built to be a place where people can come forward and be seen as more than their shell, more than whatever label has been placed on them because of their appearance and find comfort in knowing that their experiences, feelings of imposter syndrome, and goals for a brighter future for Black and LatinX people are shared.
Black and LatinX people are commonly left behind in tech. For example, in big tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, the number of Black workers are struggling to reach 6%. Within the Allen School at UW, our diversity statistics are much more grim. As of the 2019-2020 school year our diversity stats were 7 Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 7 Native American, 30 Afro or African American, and 47 Hispanic or LatinX undergrads in CSE out of nearly 1500 undergrads. Technology is shaping the world we live in every single day. We need more minorities in tech, to hear the unheard voice when building our futures together.