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10 Organizations Working to Diversify the Tech Space

This week, I was going to post an article about goal-setting for 2021. However, in light of the current climate in the United States, I've decided that there are other topics that are more relevant and take priority at the moment. I am passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion for all, and am always looking for ways to connect with like-minded folks and support organizations that are working to diversify the tech space. Here is a list of 10 to check out, follow, and get involved with today. Whether you're looking for a job, curious about volunteer opportunities, or just want to get more involved in positive causes and connect with others, I hope this list is useful!

Diversify Tech

A website and newsletter that serves as a hub for connecting underrepresented people in tech to jobs, events, scholarships, speaking opportunities, communities, and more.

Women Who Code

With a mission to inspire women to excel in tech careers, WWC offers coding resources, job boards, and a global community with regional chapters globally.

Girls in Tech

Working to erase the gender gap in tech, Girls in Tech offers free membership, job boards, mentorships, a podcast, and more.

Code.org

This nonprofit is in the education space, dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation from young women and students from other underrepresented groups. They offer dozens of free resources for students and educators, like over 500 free tutorials in over 45 languages. They also host events like Hour of Code, where participants can choose from computer science activities for all ages and experience levels.

Hack the Hood

A nonprofit that empowers under-resourced youth of color with knowledge, skills, and relationships needed to succeed in tech careers. Their bootcamp "takes youth who usually have more experience consuming tech than producing tech and immerses them in a program where they learn tech and coding skills, work with tech professionals, and come to see themselves in tech careers— and have a plan how to get there."

Black Girls Code

Nonprofit with a goal to "increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology." They host girls-only hackathons and events (all virtual for the time being) for students and families to participate in. Explore their volunteer opportunities and more here.

Latinas in Tech

A nonprofit aiming to "create a tech industry where Latinas are well-represented throughout all levels of the ecosystem by empowering them to be innovators and leaders."Their mission is to provide the resources, opportunities and community Latinas need to thrive, innovate and lead in tech. Explore their job boards, events, and get involved in your local chapter.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Supporting Hispanic students and professionals in STEM for nearly 50 years, SHPE supports members throughout high school and beyond through events, scholarships, and mentorship.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

Through partnerships with like-minded organizations, NACME works to increase the proportion of African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in STEM careers. They partner with over 50 colleges and universities to support students from college to starting their careers.

Natives in Tech

Offering networking, conferences, and more, Natives in Tech is a nonprofit dedicated to building free and open source indigenous-centric technology that Native peoples can use.

If you've volunteered for, worked with, or participated in any events by any of these organizations, I'd love to hear your story! Also, if I'm missing any good ones out there, I'd love to add them to this list. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or here on DEV, or share in the comments below.

There is still much work to be done, but I am optimistic that we can continue to make positive change together.

You can find more of my work on my website and blog dedicated to tech industry insights, career tips, and all things diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech and tech for good. Thanks for reading!

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