Urban Coders Guild exists to address a lack of diversity in STEM and computer science talent. A 2016 Google/Gallup study titled Diversity Gaps in Computer Science found the following:

  • Underrepresented groups face structural barriers in access and exposure to computer science (CS) that create disparities in opportunities to learn.
    • Black students are less likely than White students to have classes dedicated to CS at the school they attend (47% vs. 58%, respectively).
    • Black (58%) and Hispanic (50%) students are less likely than White students (68%) to use a computer at home at least most days of the week.
    • Teachers are more likely than parents to say a lack of exposure is a major reason why women and racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in CS fields.

  • Underrepresented groups also face social barriers to learning CS, such as the continuing perception that CS is only for certain groups, namely White or Asian males.
    • Female students are less likely than male students to be aware of CS learning opportunities on the Internet and in their community, to say they have ever learned CS, and to say they are very interested in learning CS.
    • Black students are more confident than White and Hispanic students.
    • About one in four students report “often” seeing people “doing CS” in television shows (23%) or movies (25%), and only about one in six (16%) among them report “often” seeing people like them.
    • Male students are more likely to be told by a parent or teacher that they would be good at CS (46% vs. 27% being told by a parent; 39% vs. 26% being told by a teacher).
    • Parents are more likely than educators to report that a lack of interest in learning CS is a major reason why women and racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to work in CS fields.

Our goal is to build a more diverse, more inclusive tech ecosystem that includes people of color and women as software developers, engineers, project managers, product developers, and entrepreneurs.

Additional Reading

4 Ways to Boost STEM Participation in Underrepresented Groups

STEM Education Data

STEM Education in the US

STEM Education Stats for 2019