The fields of software, computing, and computer science are plagued by underrepresentation, whether it be by gender, race, ethnicity, geography, and family income. While 53% of U.S. high schools offer foundational computer science, access is not equal for everyone. Rural schools, urban schools, and schools with high percentages of economically disadvantaged students are less likely to offer computer science; and Black/African American students, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx students, and Native American/Alaskan students are less likely to attend a school that offers it.
This problem extends to university programs and to the software workplace itself, which suffers a similar lack of diversity and inclusivity. There are many issues to address to solve the entire problem of diversity in the tech workforce - from bias in hiring, retention, and promotion practices to capacity-building in university programs.
Code.org’s mission to rectify these inequalities is in concert with our own core values and vision: Imagining a world characterized by fair trade, ethical business practices, and labor safety that is voluntarily and universally embraced by companies around the globe. It is our goal to protect more than just legal and business interests. We also safeguard people, the environment, inventiveness, the workforce, and the economy.
As a company focused on securely guiding companies through their digital transformation journey, we firmly support Code.org in their belief that learning computer science is fundamental to active and informed participation in an increasingly digital society. And, moreover, we agree that it is imperative that every student can learn computer science regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, identity, family income, or location.
We pledge our support for Code.org to further their mission to make computer science education readily available to everyone.
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