Raising the Floor: Sharing What Works in Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A really interesting set of proposals. I saw many that are applicable to improving diversity in higher-education CS, as well as the stated goal of improving workplace diversity.
Workplace diversity is probably the biggest factor inhibiting women in computing. We used to say that females avoided CS, not knowing what it is. I think we can now fairly say that many females avoid CS because they know what it is.
This is a great ending blog post of 2016. See you in January! Happy Holidays and a Great New Year!
Over the past few months, we and our colleagues at OSTP have had conversations with dozens of Federal agencies, companies, investors, and individuals about their science and technology workforces, and we have consistently heard people express a commitment to bringing more diversity, equity, and inclusion to their workplaces. They understand the strategic importance. Yet often we found that many of the same people who want to create high-performing, innovative teams and workforces do not know the steps and solutions that others are already effectively using to achieve their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
In order to help accelerate this work, we have compiled insights and tips into an Action Grid designed to be a resource for those striving to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive science and technology teams and workforces, so that we can all learn from each other.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion work is not one size fits all. We hope this set of potential actions clustered by leadership engagement, retention and advancement, hiring, and ecosystem support provides ideas and a jumping off point for conversations within your team or organization on steps that you can take to increase diversity and to make your workforce more reflective of the communities you serve, customers you sell to, and talent pools you draw from.