TechPACT Background

The murder of George Floyd and the murders and injustices inflicted upon African Americans and Black Americans have amplified and highlighted the systematic racism that exists in the United States and globally. Americans are demanding social change and equality in the workplace. Many companies are actively creating change by addressing equity in their workplaces through hiring and promotion transformation, altering procurement processes, and philanthropy. Public concern over underrepresentation of women and people of color in the technology sector has been directed toward large technology companies, the venture capital industry, and Silicon Valley. Several large tech companies have made commitments to address inequality within their organizations. They recognize that skills, competencies, motivation, and creativity are better predictors of success than socio-economic background, gender identification, or degree. However, the issue is broader. The ‘Digital Divide’ causes systematic racial inequity. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics) education and training lacks proportionate representation. There is dramatic and harmful underrepresentation of Black and African Americans, LatinX, and women in technology professions and technology leadership roles across organizations.