BIT Foundation Resource Library
The Blacks In Technology Foundation Resource Library is a compilation of research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion compiled from sources provided by BIT members. If you have a suggestion for a resource we should add, let us know.
Excerpt: The relationships nurtured at work are a crucial element in career success. They provide advice,
contacts, opportunities, recognition and the all-important recommendations that can catapult a
career into high gear.
More significantly, the ability to cultivate and leverage work associations is increasingly agreed
to be a core leadership competency. Successful leaders “work under the assumption that nothing
important gets done alone,” writes emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman in Primal
Leadership. “As the tasks of leadership become more complex and collaborative, relationship
skills become increasingly pivotal.”
- Alien in own land
- When Asian Americans and Latino Americans are assumed to be foreign-born
- “Where are you from?”
- “Where were you born?”
- “You speak good English.”
- A person asking an Asian American to teach them words in their native language
- You are not American
- You are a foreigner
Articles & Blog Posts
Excerpt: Diverse and inclusive workplaces can be both difficult to find and hard to create. But if you care about making your own workplace truly inclusive, you have the ability to effect real change—as an ally. An ally is someone who is not a member of an underrepresented group but who takes action to support that group.
Excerpt: Digitization and the Racial Gap
The exponential growth of the digital economy is going to leave large chunks of minorities with little or no access to jobs. We conduct a bottom up societal study and it shows that 76% of Blacks and 62% of Hispanics could get shut out or be under-prepared for 86% of jobs in the US by 2045. If this digital racial gap is not addressed, in one generation alone, digitization could render the country’s minorities into an unemployment abyss.
Excerpt: The emerging contours of the new world of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are rapidly becoming a lived reality for millions of workers and companies around the world. The inherent opportunities for economic prosperity, societal progress and individual flourishing in this new world of work are enormous, yet depend crucially on the ability of all concerned stakeholders to instigate reform in education and training systems, labour market policies, business approaches to developing skills, employment arrangements and existing social contracts. Catalysing positive outcomes and a future of good work for all will require bold leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit from businesses and governments, as well as an agile mindset of lifelong learning from employees.
Review: It has been ten years since Wilkerson’s award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns was published. While that book pointed to the great migration of Black people to the north as an “unrecognized migration,” this new book points to our entire social structure as an unrecognized caste system. Most people see America as racist, and Wilkerson agrees that it is indeed racist. She points out that we tend to refer to slavery as a “sad, dark chapter” in America when in fact it lasted for hundreds of years—but in order to maintain a social order and an “economy whose bottom gear was torture” (as Wilkerson quotes the historian Edward Baptist), it was necessary to give blacks the lowest possible status. Whites in turn got top status. In between came the middle castes of “Asians, Latinos, indigenous people, and immigrants of African descent” to fill out the originally bipolar hierarchy. Such a caste system allowed generations of whites to live under the same assumptions of inequality—these “distorted rules of engagement”—whether their ancestors were slave owners or abolitionists. And the unspoken caste system encouraged all to accept their roles. As Wilkerson develops her argument, she brings in historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Satchel Paige. She even looks at the Nazis, who turned to us when they were seeking ways to institutionalize racism in the Third Reich. As I read this book, I finally had to consciously stop myself from highlighting passages. Because I was highlighting most of the book. –Chris Schluep