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The Leaky Tech Pipeline

The Leaky Tech Pipeline highlights many of the racial and gender inequalities in technical education and the technical workforce. The site aims "to increase understanding of the causes of disparities in the technology ecosystem, raise awareness about effective strategies and stages for intervention, and drive the development and implementation of comprehensive solutions." Categories at the top of the site invite users to explore data for K-12 Education, Higher Education, the Tech Workforce, and Entrepreneurs. This data reveals racial disparities across the board. For example, 2016 data show that 58 percent of graduate-level computer science enrollees were white, while only 15 percent were Asian, 9 percent were Black, 7 percent were Latinx, and less than 1 percent were Native American. Similarly, 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrate that two-thirds of the tech workforce is white. Multiple barriers contribute to these disparities, including inequitable access to STEM classes in early education and underrepresentation in mentorship roles. In addition to educating audiences about disparities, the site offers curated resource lists for each category, as well as highlighting a variety of programs and initiatives working to increase diversity in technical fields. The Leaky Tech Pipeline is a project of the Kapor Center, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity in STEM.
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