Diversity in Technology Like 1 Twitter Crystal Ngumezi Follow June 21, 2016, 11:41 a.m. in Business Views: 835 Like us on facebook What is the future of diversity in the tech industry? I previously wrote a post on women in technology titled, The Glass Ceiling: Is It Broken Yet, and I stumbled across another article in Fortune Magazine relating to the conversation on diversity in technology. An organization I stumbled across was The Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). This organization was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace Jr and David Wimberly. BDPA was created to "bring underrepresented minorities together who were working in the information technology and computer science field for the purpose of professional development and academic enrichment," as cited on the organization's website. I respect organizations such as BDPA who bring awareness to the lingering diversity problem in technology. Now, lets get to the facts: Today, the tech industry is dominated by white and Asian males 1% of Google and Yahoo's workforce is black 7% of Apple's workforce is black The myth that "blacks", Africans, and African Americans are not pursuing and receiving degrees in STEM related fields is false. The issue of diversity in technology is not due to the the unavailability of diversity talent in the technology pool. It is due to the unawareness of the issue with the technology companies doing the hiring. Will the awareness of the misrepresentation of diversity in technology bring about change to the face of the industry? Organizations with initiatives geared toward immersing diversity into technology are making waves. Companies like Google are taking initiatives toward making inclusion and community engagement apart of their brand and apart of their company culture. The future of diversity in technology is contingent upon the decisions of business decision-makers. Change is inevitable, and change is on the horizon. Share your thoughts below. Thanks for reading. Published by Crystal Ngumezi Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments email@example.com reply / view replies (1) June 24, 2016, 9:05 p.m. Nice post! strongly agree on the tech industry taking the initiative to get african americans and other minorities into their companies. a big problem is that a lot of the fortunate grade schools have programming/stem courses at their schools, so they are educating the youth at a younger age. it would be great if a lot of the tech companies would push programs to target low income, minority schools. even having a day of job shadowing could be a start! love your articles, keep up at it! Your comment was successful. Full Name* Message* firstname.lastname@example.org reply / view replies (0) June 28, 2016, 11:53 a.m. Thank you jazmine! i strongly agree on tech companies targeting younger kids in low income communities Your comment was successful. Full Name* Message* Load More Related Article Business Gender Diversity Paradox Business How Can Your Business Benefit from a Video Wall? Business What Are the Most Appreciated Wedding Photography Trends?