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Racial disparities have long existed in education, and have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need to prevent these gaps from growing even wider and remove structural barriers in the digital divide, school funding, CS and STEM education, and higher education. Now, we must invest in comprehensive approaches to ensure all students have the resources and opportunities to thrive academically.
This election season the need for active civic participation and engagement is urgent at the local, state, and national levels, given what is at stake for communities of color, in areas of health, education, the economy, and criminal justice. Now more than ever we need to push for policies and public officials that will address systemic racism.
There will not be racial justice until there is economic empowerment for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, which requires tech to move from solidarity with Black lives to tangible action. Now, the tech community must take action by removing barriers and hiring, promoting and investing in BIPOC talent.