Earlier this month, over 600 students, young professionals, and tech industry leaders participated in the first Latino Tech Summit held by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), in partnership with the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion (LICI). The goal of the tech summit was to bring together technology-based corporations interested in diversifying their workforce and investing in Latino talent.
“The tech industry relies on a few universities, such as Stanford and MIT, which has produced a steady stream of mostly white candidates,” said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “Per diversity reports from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter, 56 percent of employees in tech jobs are white, 37 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic and 1 percent black. The technology summit was designed to share effective strategies to recruit, retain and develop Latino talent. As part of that effort, the Latino Tech Summit provided workshops and forums so that young qualified people heard from the country’s leading tech executives regarding information and communication technology, as well as career opportunities in design and technology-related start-ups.”
As part of its mission, LULAC helps ensure that the Latino community has access to a range of resources and information that help enrich their lives and advance professional opportunity. Latinos are increasingly pursuing degrees in STEM that facilitate the development of the necessary skills to work in the tech industry, and it’s important that these diverse candidates are seriously considered for positions in U.S. tech companies. LULAC will ensure that future tech summits continue to share effective strategies to recruit, retain, and develop Latino talent so that the tech industry workforce reflects the diversity of the consumers who use their products.