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How ColorStack Is Working To Increase The Number Of Minority Computer Science Students

Increasing computer science enrollment for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students has to start with building community, and nonprofit ColorStack recognizes that. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that of the 79,598 computer science degrees awarded in 2018, only 8.9 percent of them went to Black students, and more than 50 percent went to white students. The lack of diversity bleeds into the tech workforce as well. Less than 10 percent of Google’s national workforce identifies as Black or Latinx, while nearly half of Apple’s global team is white professionals. These statistics are stark. That’s why Jehron Petty launched ColorStack, a nonprofit that runs community building, academic support, and career development programs for Black and Latinx college computer science students across the U.S. ColorStack runs a three-week virtual career-building boot camp, hosts a 12-week computer science program, puts on a three-day computer science summit, and manages...

Michelai Graham

Sep 16, 2021

Black and Brown Youth Use Web Development Program to Build Sites For Black-Owned Businesses

Today’s youth are getting more creative in the ways that they’re innovating technology to improve our society. According to The Seattle Medium, a group of young Black and brown high school students — alongside the city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle — just recently launched a Youth Web Design Program to introduce them to the world of website design as a means to also help local small business owners. “The past year has brought unprecedented challenges to everyone in our city but it has been even more challenging for our Black and African American youth and small business owners, who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic downturn during COVID-19,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said to The Seattle Medium. “The Youth Web Design Program teaches Seattle’s BIPOC youth new skills while simultaneously providing assistance to Black owned businesses who need it most.” The idea behind the new program is to allow 16 high...

Njera Perkins

Mar 9, 2021