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Study Finds Tech Professionals Aren't Impressed With How The Industry Addresses Diversity

Nearly 70 percent of young tech professionals say they have felt uncomfortable at work based on their identities and lack of inclusion. Wiley , a developer of digital education solutions, published this stat along with others in its Diversity in Tech: 2021 U.S. Report during the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit. The company surveyed 2,000 early-career tech professionals and 270 business leaders. Wiley found that 68 percent of businesses represented in the report said there is a lack of diversity in their tech workforces. These key findings may come as a shock since U.S. companies are spending a collective $8 billion a year on diversity and inclusion efforts, yet 50 percent of young tech professionals surveyed said they have left or wanted to leave jobs because of company cultures and unwelcome workplaces. “This report proves that investment alone isn’t enough to achieve equity in the workplace,” Todd Zipper, president of Wiley Education Services, said in a press release. “We need to take an...

Oct 7, 2021

Following Her True Passion, CEO Elizabeth Lindsey Announces Transition From Byte Back to Urban Alliance

Byte Back CEO Elizabeth Lindsey is stepping down to take on the role as CEO of Urban Alliance, a national youth workforce development nonprofit. Byte Back is a tech inclusion nonprofit with presence across the DMV region. The nonprofit offers computer training, IT certification and career services for adults seeking careers in tech. Lindsey worked at Byte Back for five and a half years before thinking about the possibility of moving on. “I wasn’t actively looking for something at all,” Lindsey told AfroTech in a video interview. “I’ve always wanted to run a national organization and Urban Alliance has sites in D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit. It’s quite a bit larger than Byte Back and the work that Urban Alliance does is just so close to my heart.” Lindsey said the search firm that Urban Alliance hired reached out to her after the nonprofit’s current CEO, Eshauna Smith, recommended her for the lead role. She applied for the position and after two months of interviewing, she...

Mar 11, 2021

Coursera Expands Support For Black Learners, Teams Up With Howard University, Facebook and Black Girls CODE

Coursera has announced a partnership with Howard University (HU) to build a job-relevant course catalog. The online open course provider that launched in 2012 made a commitment last year to better address systemic racism through learning tactics. Coursera partners with more than 200 universities and companies to offer courses on its platform spanning an array of topics. This new partnership with HU will allow the prominent HBCU to build a catalog of courses taught by its faculty to equip students of color with the education they need as they enter the job market. The first round of courses in the catalog slated to launch later this year will focus on information systems for business and linear algebra for data science specializations. Through this new partnership, HU president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick is joining Coursera’s university advisors board. “Historically, there has been a disconnect between companies and top-level talent from underrepresented communities who don’t have the...

Feb 11, 2021

LeBron James to Open Community Hub For Financial Literacy and Job Training in Akron

LeBron James gives back to his community continuously. Following the establishment of I Promise School, I Promise Village transitional housing, and other off-court initiatives, the LeBron James Family Foundation is now opening House Three Thirty, reports TIME. Announced this week, House Three Thirty is a 60,000-square-foot venue that will offer financial literacy advice, job training, and a variety of other services that the entire Akron community can utilize. “House 330 is going to be a sanctuary for our families,” said James of the venue — that will also include a dining space, coffee bar, private card room, and a museum dedicated to the NBA champion. “It’s going to be a place where all our families can grow and learn. This will be a hub for everything possible our families will need.” In addition to cool recreational amenities, students and families can receive training in areas like plumbing, heating and cooling, food service, merchandising, accounting, and event planning. The...

Dec 16, 2020