Tue, Aug 16, 2016
SPEAKER MARK-VIVERITO, COALITION FOR QUEENS & PER SCHOLAS ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF TASK FORCE ON DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY IN NYC’S TECH SECTOR
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City Hall – City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced with Coalition for Queens and Per Scholas the launch of a joint effort to convene private and public sector partners to study best practices and initiatives for recruiting and retaining tech workers who reflect the full diversity of New York. In a city that is the crossroads of the world and where the growing tech industry is a major economic engine, the goal is to determine actionable steps that foster equity and inclusion.
“Digital inclusion is a priority for this Council and the 51 districts it represents, and as part of this commitment, we will convene experts, advocates and others towards advancing practices and processes that address racial, economic and gender equity,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito. “I am inspired by the tremendous potential of working as a unified voice that champions meaningful outcomes and long-term change in the tech sector.”
In a series of meetings over the next year, co-conveners and collaborative partners that include Google, Microsoft, Kickstarter, DropBox, Squarespace and Techstars will discuss issues of equity, organizational culture and processes, and concrete steps for sector-wide change, with the goal of presenting recommendations for work and action. In New York, the tech sector—the city’s fastest growing industry— is 62% white, 9% black, 11% Latino and 16% Asian, according to a study by the Center for an Urban Future, and while efforts are underway to diversify the workforce pipeline, a comprehensive look at institutional practices from the beginning to end of that track is critical for addressing under-representation.
Read the full press release here.
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