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?