The main benefit I’d like to highlight is this: you are more likely to get hired by someone who was or is in the same socio-economic class as you. Why? Because we often are drawn to people who are like us. Hiring managers, please keep this in mind as you’re hiring for your company. If you’re employed in tech, keep this in mind as you are recommending possible hires or networking people to individuals who will help them flourish in their career. Get involved in programs that help children who are coming from difficult backgrounds get interested in STEM fields. Invest in lives and expect nothing in return.
If the only way we can get the tech community to care about diversity in the workplace is by appealing to profits and productivity, then at best we’re assholes and at worse we’ve lost our humanity.
If we want to actually achieve fruitful and collaborative dialogues that produce change, we need context around the problem that we are trying to solve. While there are many resources, I’d encourage you to start with these two:
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