Diversity in Tech Remains Elusive Due to Racism, Lack of Representation and Cultural Differences
Curated by: Small Business Management
Although Black and Latino students earn about 20% of computer science degrees, they make up only 9% of the tech industry and a dismal 1% of tech company founders, according to Laura Weidman Powers in a USA TODAY article published for Black History Month early this year.
“The inferiority complex is inherent, like you can’t get rid of that feeling especially when you see no one else like you. Even if no one openly comes up to you and says you don’t belong here, you can see that you don’t, not that you don’t belong, but that there’s no one else like you there,” explained Syracuse University alumnus Brittany Moore.
Today Moore is a Client Technical Specialist for IBM, but her experience as the only African American and only woman Communication and Information Management double major in her senior-level Advanced Computer Networking class in 2014, revealed the sad reality about her beloved field: It still lacks diversity despite years of efforts by professionals of color, organizations and initiatives to increase the number of women and minorities in the industry.
One such organization is SugarGamers. Keisha Howard founded SugarGamers in 2009, originally as a women-oriented gaming community