Make an impact: 10 tech-focused D&I nonprofits worth donating to

Looking to make a difference? Consider donating to or partnering with any of these 10 nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in IT.

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Senior Writer, CIO

BIPOC workers, women and LGBTQ+ employees still face an uphill battle in the tech industry when it comes to representation, pay equity and workplace discrimination.

According to data from CompTIA, men hold 80% of executive roles in the tech sector compared to 20% for women, and the industry employs a higher share of white workers (69%) when compared with other industries (63%). African Americans account for only 7% of tech workers, while Hispanics represent 8%, and women represent 36%. And as tech jobs become some of the highest-paying and most reliable jobs in the economy, it’s increasingly important to push for diversity and inclusion to prevent people from being shut out from these lucrative, high-growth careers.

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5 Questions with Dennis Schultz, Executive Director of the Blacks In Technology Foundation

I am the Executive Director of the Blacks In Technology Foundation and the New York City Chapter President for the organization that boasts the largest network for Black technology professionals. I have over 20 years of experience in the tech industry serving in a variety of roles including, enterprise sales, business development, customer success, and consulting. My experience includes stints at some of tech’s most respected brands; Rackspace Technology, Dropbox, Gartner, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, VERITAS Software, and APC to name a few. As an entrepreneur, I have participated in numerous technology startup enterprises as either a principal member or formal advisor. Additionally, I have Chief Marketing Officer experience as interim CMO at InteractiveTel and I am currently the Founder and CEO of PaparazzMe, a mobile app for on demand photography and videography.

01. What is the mission of your organization?

The Blacks In Technology Foundation is the largest community of Black people in the technology industry. Through community-focused activities, events, and outreach, the Blacks In Technology (BIT) Foundation is “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of world-class technical excellence and innovation through providing resources, guidance, networking, and opportunities for members to share their expertise and advance their careers.

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Spotlight on STEM Diversity and Inclusion Work: Blacks In Technology

The benefits of diversity in the workplace are well-studied, and include crucial aspects like better innovation, better decision-making, lower turnover, and faster problem-solving. Companies that don’t prioritize equal representation are at a distinct disadvantage. Encouraging greater diversity is not only the right thing to do; diversity in any group makes it stronger and more resilient.

 

 

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are chronically lacking in diversity. An article in Wired outlines the facts and figures from a U.S. perspective, and a column in Scientific American explains why diversity in science matters. Suffice it to say, ensuring a multitude of perspectives is vital to the future of STEM fields.

Individuals and organizations are working for equal representation in STEM all over the world, and we wanted to highlight a few of them paving the way for better inclusion. This series of interviews features individuals and organizations working to bring underrepresented groups into STEM fields, and to build and sustain supportive environments that don’t push people out.

 

Blacks in Technology (BIT) is known as the largest community and media organization focusing on Black people in the technology industry, offering resources and guidance. Its mission is to increase the representation and participation of Black people in tech. We asked the chairman and founder of BIT, Greg Greenlee, a few questions via email to learn more about BIT and the work it does.


International Society of Automation: Why did you start Blacks in Technology?


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