Tech group bemoans ‘diversity challenge’

By | July 16, 2014

The head of a major technology industry group is promising to tackle the lack of women and minority employees at major tech firms.

In an op-ed in USA Today on Wednesday, Information Technology Industry Council chief executive Dean Garfield said that Silicon Valley needs the help of everyone from “parents to policymakers” to root out the sector’s “diversity problem.”

At the top of the agenda, he wrote, is making sure more students of all types get interested in math, engineering, science and technology. Too many women, Latino and African-American students don’t pursue those subjects, Garfield said, while noting that just 0.4 percent of female college freshman were majoring in computer science.

“Until those numbers move, an entire generation risks missing out on good-paying jobs, and the tech industry will miss out on the unique experiences and perspectives of a diverse workforce,” Garfield wrote. (The Hill)

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