Driving Diversity in Tech Through Coding Bootcamp Scholarships

Jessica mitsch By Jessica Mitsch ● June 21, 2021
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Lack of diver­si­ty in tech isn’t a new prob­lem, but orga­ni­za­tions like Spencer Health Solu­tions, Inc. have found cod­ing boot­camp schol­ar­ships to be help­ful in advanc­ing their diver­si­ty strategies.
It’s no secret that the tech indus­try has long strug­gled with diver­si­ty, and many say this prob­lem is the root of the larg­er issues that plague the indus­try. The 2014 Diver­si­ty in High Tech Report from the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­ni­ty Com­mis­sion stat­ed that the per­cent­age of black employ­ees in high-tech indus­tries is 7.4%, while 13% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion is Black. His­pan­ic employ­ees hold about 8% of jobs in high-tech com­pared to them mak­ing up 18% of the population.
If you fac­tor in gen­der iden­ti­ty to this data, you’ll find that Black, Lati­na, and Native Amer­i­can women earned only 4% of com­put­ing degrees in 2016, and experts believe that these num­bers have bare­ly moved in the last 5 years, empha­siz­ing the impor­tance for things like cod­ing boot­camp schol­ar­ships now more than ever.
While the lack of diver­si­ty in tech has sig­nif­i­cant impacts in terms of fair­ness and equi­ty in the com­pa­ny cul­ture, it has also result­ed in flaws in the industry’s own prod­ucts. From facial recog­ni­tion tech­nolo­gies that dis­crim­i­nate against peo­ple of col­or, to speech recog­ni­tion not under­stand­ing under­rep­re­sent­ed accents, to VR head­sets that work well for men but often cause women to feel nau­seous, the diver­si­ty gap in tech is very real and is impact­ing the indus­try in more ways than one.
Com­pa­nies like Spencer Health Solu­tions, Inc. are look­ing to tack­le this issue. Spencer Health Solu­tions, Inc. part­nered with Momen­tum to help to dri­ve diver­si­ty in tech by pro­vid­ing cod­ing boot­camp schol­ar­ships to peo­ple from under­rep­re­sent­ed minor­i­ty groups to enroll in Momentum’s full-time 16-week Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing Immer­sive course. Momen­tum and Spencer Health col­lab­o­rat­ed to make progress toward Spencer Health’s tech diver­si­ty objectives.

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