Technological change, innovation, and disruption is occurring across all industries and significantly impacting our economy, our society, and our democracy, but Black communities have yet to benefit from technology’s promise and potential.
As a result, Black communities are negatively impacted by automation, income inequality, lack of access to wealth creation through investment and entrepreneurship, while the tech products created and deployed create harms through algorithmic bias in education, employment, facial recognition and surveillance, mis/disinformation, and driving polarization, white supremacy and the fracturing of democracy.
Black Students In Computer Science Education
Despite the expansion of computer science education across the country, Black students continue to be afforded fewer opportunities to participate and persist in computer science. Black students are less likely to attend schools offering introductory and advanced placement computer science courses, highly-qualified, culturally competent, and responsive CS teachers, pedagogy, and curriculum.
– At present, Black students represent 6% of students in both advanced CS courses despite being 15% of the overall student population.
– While students who participate in AP CS A courses are 3-4x more likely to major in CS, Black students only make up 3.5% of that course.
– Across the US, just 715 Black girls participated in AP CS A.
Despite the expansion of computer science across the country, Black students continue to be afforded fewer opportunities and sufficient resources towards equitable participation.
The Role of Post-Secondary Pathways in Black Tech Preparation
Inequitable education structures, policies, and practices continue to impact Black students in traditional institutions of higher education, as well as alternative educational pathways like tech bootcamps and apprenticeships. Addressing these challenges will be essential to the expansion of the Black technology workforce.