The future of tech is not about what you're building but who you're building it with.
As long as we have a pay-to-play model of access to jobs in this country, in which people need to spend a lot of money in order to make a lot of money, the racialized stratification of wealth will continue. There’s no DEI initiative that can soften that truth. On-the-job training is a necessary first step towards a more equitable workforce. I partner with workers who want to take this step.
Every organization has its unique microculture, and its assets and challenges in formulating an internal training program. I can bring to your planning process my years of experience launching and scaling a competitive bootcamp for people of color from economically oppressed communities. We’ve proven that a worker-centric training model can put people into good jobs as software engineers, irrespective of academic background, if the company culture is right.
Most companies aren’t yet at that point. But some of their workers are. If you’re a tech worker who wishes their company gave more than platitudes, I have resources for you as you begin organizing your colleagues.
How to Organize for Equitable Employment at your Tech Company is a short blog post I've written, offering a rough sketch to those just getting started. To Those Who Keep the Dam is a short book I've written on the subject. It goes into much more depth.
Whether or not you're in a position to hire me, if you're a tech worker trying to build momentum at your company, feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org.