African Americans are a largely untapped talent pool, therefore, the CBC TECH 2020 launched their initiative to bring together some of the best of minds in tech, not for profit, education, and public sectors to increase African American inclusion at all levels of technology industry year by 2020. Some of the advocacy attending organizations include:
Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), Blacks In Technology, Bleeker, Career Communications Group, Global Leadership Forum, Information Technology Senior Management Forum
Companies should invest in STEM education, career readiness, training, and professional development programming for African American to enter technical and nontechnical careers in the tech sector. The tech sector should actively recruit from HBCU’s and build the talent pipeline by providing training, scholarships and internship opportunities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. EST in room 234 of the Cannon House Office Building, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), who serve as co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Task Force and CBC TECH 2020, bought together top technology professional organizations to announce new efforts to increase African American inclusion in the technology sector.
On December 3rd at the Cannon building, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Congressman Butterfield and the following organizations along with OGTV were on hand for the press conference: Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity:
Minorities Have Degrees But Don't Get Hired
Over a year ago, October 2014, USA TODAY, SAN FRANCISCO posted an op-ed entitled “Minorities have degrees, but don’t get hired". Top universities turn out black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, a USA TODAY analysis shows.Technology companies blame the pool of job applicants for the severe shortage of blacks and Hispanics in Silicon Valley.But these findings show that claim "does not hold water," said Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at The New School in New York. "What do dominant groups say? 'We tried, we searched, but there was nobody qualified.' If you look at the empirical evidence, that is just not the case," he said.
As technology becomes a major engine of economic growth in the U.S. economy, tech companies are under growing pressure to diversify their workforces, which are predominantly white, Asian and male. Leaving African Americans and Hispanics out of that growth increases the divide between haves and have-nots. And the technology industry risks losing touch with the diverse nation — and world — that forms its customer base.