What Can Tech Do to be Anti-Racist? – Recording
The Movement for Black Lives has rallied people together across the country and generated a wave of support from the tech sector. More companies than ever are taking a public stand on racial equity and systemic change. However, very few companies have shared commitments, beyond donating to civil rights organizations, for how they will facilitate structural change in their company and community.
Much of the onus is being placed onto members of black employee resource groups (ERGs), who are spending significant time and energy on top of their full-time roles educating and advising their companies on how to engage on this issue. It’s clear that tech still has a long way to go before real racial equity is inherent to the industry.
On Thursday, September 3rd we heard from ERG leaders, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion experts, and social impact professionals have a conversation on how tech can build a culture of anti-racism and drive real, structural change. We recommend reading the following articles in advance of this conversation:
- Tech companies are asking their black employee groups to fix Silicon Valley’s race problem — often for free
- Tech companies: It’s time to show that Black lives really matter to you
The panel was moderated by Catherine Bracy, TechEquity Co-Founder and Executive Director. Panelists included:
- Cynthia Overton, Tech Workplace Initiatives at Kapor Center
- Maurice Wilkins Jr., Global Diversity and Inclusion at Fastly
- Natrina Gandana, Project Director at Next Chapter
- Ulysses Smith, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging at Blend