Diversity


Below you will find a list of diversity resources that can be used by individuals and companies. They range from How-To Guides to Non-profits, to enterprise solutions – and a lot of things in-between – all focused on diversity in the workplace. Link descriptions are verbatim from the sites unless otherwise noted.

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Volunteer Organizations

Below you will find information on non-profit organizations that are focused on furthering diversity within the technology industry.

Professional Organizations

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Societyaises.org – Founded in 1977, AISES supports 220 affiliated pre-college schools, 197 chartered college and university chapters, 3 tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. We promote the highest standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. We highlight the geographic, economic, and social aspects of STEM education and careers. In addition to awarding nearly $12 million and counting in academic scholarships, AISES offers internships, professional development and career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and other STEM-focused programming.
  • BDPA – bdpa.org – For more than 40 years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of African Americans and other minorities in the Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. Through its 30+ local community chapters in major cities across the United States, BDPA has been at the forefront of promoting the minority agenda within the IT profession since 1975. BDPA has been a leader and pioneer in technology and STEM training for IT professionals and High School students since 1986. Our National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program which is a hands-on training program, has introduced tens of thousands of high school students to coding and application development while also presenting opportunities for students to obtain college scholarships due to the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Because of BDPA’s focus on students and professional members alike, we continue to support and lead the upward success of our members “from the classroom to the boardroom”.
  • Blacks In Technologyblacksintechnology.net – Blacks In Technology is a global platform for Black people in technology. We are “Stomping the Divide” by establishing standards for world class technical excellence. BIT serves members through community, media and mentorship. We provide resources, guidance and challenge members to establish new standards of innovation.
  • Code2040Code2040.org – Code2040 is a nonprofit activating, connecting, and mobilizing the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx technologists in the innovation economy. Through events, trainings, early-career programs, and knowledge sharing, Code2040 equips Black and Latinx technologists and their allies with the tools, connections, and care they need to advocate for and achieve racial equity in the tech industry.
  • digitalundivideddigitalundivied.com – Founded in 2012 by tech pioneer, Kathryn Finney, digitalundivided, is a social startup that merges data and heart to develop innovative programs and initiatives that catalyzes economic growth in Black and Latinx communities. Their mission is to use innovation to create system change by catalyzing economic growth for Black and Latinx communities through women entrepreneurs.
  • Executive Women’s Forum (EWF)ewf-usa.com – The core mission of the Executive Women’s Forum is to attract, retain and advance women in the Information Security, IT Risk Management and Privacy industries, through education, leadership development and the creation of trusted relationships . The EWF is committed to enabling women to achieve their professional goals and personal dreams.
  • Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC)hitecglobal.org – HITEC is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and technology centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned technology firms across the Americas.
  • The International Consortium Of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) – ICMCP.org – (I have personally been involved with the ICMCP since its inception. I can attest to the truly amazing group of people who, over the years, have contributed to its success. I continue to be honored to be a part of the organization.) The ICMCP is dedicated to the academic and professional success of women and minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Our mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. The ICMCP tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.
  • Lesbians Who TechLesbiansWhoTech.org – Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is a community of LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals in and around tech (and the people who support them).
  • Minorities in Cybersecurity (MiC) – MinCybSec.org – MiC was created by industry leaders to develop the next great cybersecurity leaders. MiC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the leadership and career development of our members. We strive to create a community of cybersecurity professionals that will support, develop and help prepare our members to not only excel in the cybersecurity field but achieve their personal level of career success. Through our programming we provide our members with tools, guides, and resources that will not only help them map out their career from beginning to end, but in addition, offer support through mentorship, coaching and team accountability sessions that will help them achieve their short- and long-term goals.
  • National Action Council For Minorities In Engineering (NACME)nacme.org – NACME is the largest provider of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees at schools of engineering. NACME partners with like-minded entities to provide scholarships, resources, and opportunities for high-achieving, underrepresented minority college students pursuing careers in engineering and computer science. By supporting their academic endeavors and professional development, NACME produces well-qualified candidates that meet today’s urgent hiring demands for more diverse STEM talent.
  • National Minority Technology Councilnmtcimpact.org – Strategic industry engagement provides a competitive edge. The National Minority Technology Council, through our efforts with minority technology employers, brings access to both contracts and new talent resources, which in turn has an impact on our communities. The Council works to mitigate risks and connect company owners to Public and Private partnerships. Our focus on both research and solution design helps to ensure growth in the ecosystems we serve.
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)nsbe.org – With more than 500 chapters and nearly 16,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
  • OWASP Women in AppSec (WIA) Committeeowasp.org/www-committee-wia – The purpose of the Women in AppSec (WIA) Committee is to develop leadership, promote active membership and participation, and contributions by women in application security professional communities, globally and locally.
  • she++ sheplusplus.com – she++ works to empower underrepresented groups in technology by dismantling negative stereotypes surrounding technical careers. We aim to dispel the misconception that computer science is not a career for women and minorities by rebranding what it means to be a technologist.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)shpe.org – SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. We are the largest association in the nation for Hispanics in STEM. We meet each of our student and professional members where they are—offering effective training, mentorship, and programming for our vibrant community.
  • Techstars Networkdiversity.techstars.com – The world of startups and entrepreneurship is largely lacking in diversity, yet from our decades of experience, we know that diversity improves outcomes and increases innovation. It’s why we’ve created the Techstars Foundation. Our mission is to develop and support underrepresented entrepreneurs by providing non-profit organizations with grants and access to the Techstars Network.
  • Woman CyberSecurity Societywomencybersecuritysociety.org – WCS2 is Canada’s first and only national non-profit serving women and minorities interested in a cybersecurity career. Women CyberSecurity Society fosters meaningful and safe spaces for online and local events to members of the community.
  • Women in CyberSecurity (WiCys)WiCys.org – WiCyS works on behalf of women everywhere who seek to enter and progress in careers in cybersecurity, while assisting employers and recruiters to find qualified candidates for their cybersecurity teams in their diversity and inclusion efforts. WiCyS’ extensive network of supporters in industry, academia, government, the military, research institutions and non-profit organizations offers important avenues to advance its mission of recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity.
  • Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC)womenscyberjutsu.org – WSC serves thousands of women, men and girls across the globe by bringing awareness to, and advancing careers in, cybersecurity. The WSC community includes information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists and engineers, as well as women wanting to explore and join the field. Recognizing the importance of encouraging girls to embrace a future in STEM-related professions through its Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, WSC provides a unique hands-on curriculum focused on securing information technology.
  • Wonder Women Techwonderwomentech.com – Wonder Women Tech is a nonprofit organization and ecosystem that produces year-round programming and national and international conferences that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and the underrepresented in STEAM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), innovation and entrepreneurialism. Our conferences and programming offer a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding classes, workshops, hackathons, diversity career fair, STEAM camps, community inclusion activities, thought leadership, and other dynamic programming geared towards empowering women, girls, people of color, LGBTQ, the underrepresented, and diverse communities. We seek to create a shift in diversity and inclusion within STEAM industries by offering revolutionary content and impactful discussions.

Diversity-centric Scholarships & Internships

A number of organizations are offering scholarships to high school and college students which promotes diversity in various STEM fields.

  • Blacks At MicrosoftBlacks At Microsoft Scholarship – BAM will award three (3) US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable – each winner who continues to meet the criteria is eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a potential total $20,000 scholarship. Up to 24 scholarship runners-up will be eligible for a one-time $2,500 BAM technology stipend based on need.
  • Google Scholarships+ – Build Your Future – Google ‘Build Your Future’ program offers several scholarship and internship programs for students that promote diversity and inclusion within the technology industry.
  • ProFellow26 STEM Graduate Fellowships for Minorities and Women – Looking for ways to fund a graduate degree in a STEM field? These fellowships are for minorities and women in graduate school and provide grants to increase diversity in the fields including nursing, architecture, mental health, and technology – among others!

Youth & Student Organizations

If you have read any of my prior posts about diversity, then you will know that I firmly believe that the only way we can fix the problem is by encouraging women and minorities to participate in STEM courses throughout middle and high school. While the professional organizations listed above are critical to addressing today’s needs, the organizations below are just as critical to fixing tomorrow’s diversity challenges.

  • Black Girls Code – blackgirlscode.com – Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.
  • EngineerGirlengineergirl.org – The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world’s population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come.
  • Girls Who Codegirlswhocode.com – Girls Who Code is an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to our mission. We acknowledge that historical and institutional barriers—particularly racial bias and discrimination—play a role in the widening gender gap in computer science and who has access to opportunities in these fields. Girls Who Code focuses our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields.
  • Girlstartgirlstart.org – Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart aspires to be the national leader in designing and implementing innovative, high quality informal STEM education programs that inspire girls to transform our world. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.

State, Local and Community Resources

  • TechBridgetechbridge.org/TCP – GA – TechBridge offers the Technology Career Program in partnership with Goodwill North Georgia which is a free, part-time 16-week technology and business education program designed to prepare unemployed or underemployed adults for a career in the growing technology job market. Upon graduation from the education program, participants interview with partner employers for entry-level technology roles and receive six months of career coaching and mentorship. Participants have learned business skills to succeed in leading corporations, money management and investing for success, Web Development (HTML, Javascript, jQuery), Technical Project Management (Scrum, ITIL), Salesforce, ServiceNow and Microsoft Azure.
 

Tools For Candidates

Below are some free tools to assist potential job candidates that have some type of diversity-centric feature to them.

  • interviewing.io – Book technical interviews with senior engineers, who’ll run you through hyperrealistic algorithmic or systems design questions and give you actionable feedback. They won’t know a thing about you— they’re just here to help you get better. After practicing you can book real, anonymous job interviews with one click. Your interviewer will be an engineer from that company. If you do well, you can unmask and go onsite. No more online applications, recruiter calls, or bothering your friends for referrals.
 

Tools For The Workplace

The items below are focused on furthering diversity throughout the workplace. They include enterprise solutions and How-To guides that are geared towards HR teams and the HRIS functions.

Awareness and Training

  • Diversity Resources – Diversity Resources offers the world’s best selection of diversity videos, online training, live training and more.
  • Implicit Bias Test – Project Implicit (Harvard) is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

HR Tools

  • Blendoor – Your company struggles with finding diverse talent; it’s not a pipeline problem. It’s a buy-in, bias, branding and business case problem. Blendoor aggregates diverse talent from multiple sources to broaden your talent search and then uses blind review and analytics to mitigate unconscious bias from source to hire,
  • DiversityDashboard – The Diversity Dashboard is a project management software tool that helps diversity and inclusion professionals understand, publish and defend their work. Our software platform tracks activities, collects the information in databases and facilitates data driven decision making and reporting on the ROI of the diversity efforts.
  • Diverst – Employment Engagement & Retention; Manage Employee Resource Groups from an intuitive dashboard and promote diverse talent from within your ranks. Align ERGs With Business Objectives; Engage diverse employees with inclusive ROI-focused campaigns to deliver “impact on business” results. Diverst connects D&I with ROI. Inclusion & Belonging That Create Trust; Employees that feel like they belong have higher retention and deliver more innovation which leads to better results
  • Entelo Diversity – Diversity now goes beyond compliance. We are advocates for inclusion and know that a diverse workforce drives more creativity, more productivity, and better financial results. Our technology helps ensure a diverse candidate pipeline as well as reduce inherent biases in the sourcing and screening process – especially for the 85% of companies who believe diversity is crucial for innovation in the workplace.
  • Fortay – With Fortay you can objectively understand how a candidate may fit into your team, removing subjective bias. Be confident that your candidate will improve and reinforce your company’s culture.
  • GlobeSmart – Benchmark Your Organization’s Level of Inclusion. You want to advocate for increasing diversity and inclusion at your organization, but how? It starts by assessing your level of inclusion. The Inclusive Behaviors Inventory measures the inclusivity of people in your organization. You’ll get actionable advice and strategies based on the assessment scores.
  • HRx Technology – Practical Solutions for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We work with you to better assess your organization’s unique culture and systematically identify the barriers minorities face in the organization. We develop practical and evidence-based strategies to advance your organization’s EDI.
  • MESH Diversity – Do you have the right tool to understand, support and equip your people…wherever they are? High performance cultures require effective communications, and today’s increasingly remote experience makes that even harder. Ensure your remote teams jell, collaborate and perform at their peak with the MESH platform.
  • OurOffice – Our mission at OurOffice is to transform workplace culture so that all people have equal opportunity to pursue the careers of their choice, contribute fully, and feel that they belong.
  • Pluto – Pluto is an online platform that equips companies with the analytics and communication tools they need to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization.
  • pymetrics – Our vision is to realize everyone’s true potential. Our mission is to make it happen with fair and accurate talent matching. A well-paying job is a lifeline to economic opportunity. We need a system that allows anyone, regardless of their background, to showcase their potential. Why does the system not work this way now? Because human bias has created systems that are structurally biased. pymetrics leverages new science and audited technology to improve prediction and reduce bias. We do not remove humans from the process—we work with humans to help them make better decisions.
  • Textio – Augmented Writing: Textio helps you find the right words by putting the world’s best hiring and language data insights right where you need them. Our latest features include ATS workflow integrations, age and ability bias interruption, and expanded language and team analytics.
  • x0pa – We founded X0PA AI to tackle the most strategic challenge that organisations face: how to grow bigger and better teams. In the pursuit of that mission, we inject the values we respect – collaboration, humanity, intelligence and transparency. We shape the AI talent management structure of corporate and enterprise-level organisations, changing the way they think about growth: with talent and teamwork at the centre. We partner with our clients to provide them with the expertise, tools and technology they need.

How-To Guides

  • BufferAn Intro to Diversity and Inclusion in Business: In addition to all the benefits we’ve seen — innovation, product quality, unique perspectives, team morale, success — we believe in diversity and inclusion because it is the right thing to do and is the type of future we want to build toward. This article contains a lot more detail on the subject as well as specific strategies and tactics that you can implement today in your workplace.
  • Business News DailyCreating a Diversity and Inclusion Training Program: Though businesses of all sizes have made significant strides in becoming more inclusive and diverse over the last few decades, it’s still a struggle for many to overcome the biases that limit how some employees see those who are different from themselves. One way to create more welcoming workplaces that respect differences and give a voice to people who are often underrepresented is through the implementation of company diversity and inclusion training programs.
  • CompTIAAll the Diversity Resources Tech SMBs Need in One Place: Developing an inclusive culture takes time, resources and input from people from a lot of different backgrounds, and sometimes it can feel so overwhelming it’s easier not to start. For those short on time or piecing a plan together, use the power of CompTIA communities and the tools and resources developed by members to bring your technology small business in line with diversity best practices. Whatever culture journey your company is involved in, here are resources for every step of the way.
  • Diversity VC – Diversity & Inclusion in Tech: A Practical Guidebook for Entrepreneurs: A step-by-step guide to help you plan, deploy, monitor and improve a Diversity & Inclusion strategy suited to your company. We hope to promote diversity and inclusion across the industry so that everyone, regardless of background, has a fair chance to succeed in tech. 
  • Edgepoint learningHow To Develop Diversity Training That Is Actually Effective: So you decide to revamp (or create) diversity training for your modern workplace, but don’t know where to start. You have been inclusive in your hiring practices but never intentionally thought about what types of diversity training to use or how to actually make it effective. Although research on diversity training’s effectiveness has been mixed, a forty-year examination of diversity training has found that it does work – if it’s done right. Here’s how.
  • McKinseyDiversity wins: How inclusion matters: Diversity wins is the third report in a McKinsey series investigating the business case for diversity, following Why diversity matters (2015) and Delivering through diversity (2018). Our latest report shows not only that the business case remains robust but also that the relationship between diversity on executive teams and the likelihood of financial outperformance has strengthened over time.
  • SHRM.orgHow to Develop a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: Employers use diversity and inclusion initiatives for both compliance obligations and to increase the overall bottom line with a more diverse workforce. Developing a diversity and inclusion initiative involves four main phases. The following nine steps break down these main phases into action steps employers can take to develop a diversity and inclusion initiative.

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