The tech industry has a diversity problem. There are exciting ongoing efforts to expand the field beyond White and Asian men, the majority of its makeup. One of them comes from General Assembly, a vocational school in New York for programming and engineering.
The school's Opportunity Fund will attempt to address the long-standing issue by offering scholarships to groups that are lacking access to the tech field: women, African-Americans, Hispanics and veterans.
The fund's first backers are Google, Microsoft, Hirepurpose and the rapper that gifted us with Illmatic, Nas.
Each of the contributors will cater to a specific demographic. Google's money will sponsor women, Hirepurpose and Microsoft will focus on veterans, and Nas's QueensBridge Venture Partners will fund scholarships for African-Americans and Hispanics.
Gender and ethnic inequality are huge issues in Silicon Valley.
Hispanics, for example, don't even make up 1 percent of tech founders and the same goes for African-Americans.
Nationally, women make 78 cents for every dollar that men make. In the center of the cutting edge of tech, women make a woeful 49 cents to a man's dollar.
From calling out a woman for not "looking" like an engineer to ethnic minorities not being encouraged to pursue a career in science and tech, there are many needs to be addressed.
While ongoing efforts to increase diversity in tech are laudable, education in school is a crucial part of fixing this problem, particularly for minorities and the underprivileged.
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