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Open Doors: A Collection of Resources

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Explore the links below for more resources related to DEI in tech, job opportunities, tech communities, and more.

Organizations Advancing DEI in Tech

  • digitalundivided — A social startup that merges data and heart to develop innovative programs and initiatives  that catalyzes economic growth in Black and Latinx communities.
  • GET Cities — Accelerates the representation and leadership of women in tech by building inclusive tech hubs across the United States. 
  • Kapor Center — Works to make the tech ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse, inclusive, and impactful. Their work includes STEM education programs, fostering inclusive workplaces, and investing in seed stage startups.
  • Project Include — A non-profit that uses data and advocacy to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in the tech industry, by sharing recommendations and solutions for startup CEOs and employees. Their mission is to give everyone a fair chance to succeed in tech.

Tech Communities

  • /dev/color — The global career accelerator for Black software engineers, technologists, and executives. What started as a small squad in 2015 has grown to a community of 600+ professional members. Nearly 1,000 leaders have participated for one or more years in A Star, their flagship peer mentorship program for software engineers.
  • Code2040 — Through events, trainings, early-career programs, and knowledge sharing, Code2040 equips Black and Latinx technologists and their allies with the tools, connections, and care they need to advocate for and achieve racial equity in the tech industry.
  • Out in Tech — The world’s largest non-profit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders. Out in Tech creates opportunities for our 40,000 members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.
  • Tech Ladies — A worldwide community with 100,000 members. Through a supportive online group, a free job board, and opportunities to learn, they help women in tech grow their careers.
  • Techqueria — A nonprofit that serves the largest global community of Latinx professionals in tech with 16,000+ members and allies. Their mission is to empower Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

Tech Education Programs & Fellowships

  • Black Girls CODE — Builds pathways for young women of color to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology. Their ​​program areas include AI, robotics, mobile and app design, web design, and game design, among others.
  • Co.Lab — Gives people from all walks of life the real-world, practical experience to confidently break into and thrive within the tech industry. They do this by facilitating cross-discipline product teams (made up of aspiring product managers, designers, and developers) in going from ideation to product launch.
  • Girls Who Code — Aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. They've served more than 450,000 girls through coding clubs, college programs, and virtual summer immersion programs.
  • Hackbright Academy — The leading engineering school for women and people who are gender diverse, with 1,000+ graduates at tech companies that include Google, Dropbox, and Airbnb. Founded with the mission to provide women with a personalized path to a software engineering career.
  • ONE School — An intensive portfolio program designed to equip Black creatives with the creative skills required to work at the world’s top ad agencies. The program provides access to some of the industry’s best talent to help creatives excel in the industry and build world-class portfolios that open doors.
  • Pursuit — Through their long-term intensive program, Pursuit trains adults with the most need and potential to get their first tech jobs, advance in their careers, and become the next generation of leaders in tech.
  • SMASH — Empowers dedicated students of color (high school and college) with an intensive science, technology, engineering and math education, culturally-relevant coursework and access to resources and social capital that allow them to be successful in college and in their careers.

Job Boards

  • Welcome — We’re hiring across the board, here at Welcome! If you’re passionate about building experiences that bring people together like never before, check out our jobs page and consider joining us.
  • Chronically Capable — Empowers the next generation of chronically ill and disabled professionals in tech. Their job board lists flexible and remote opportunities (full-time, part-time, and contract) in a range of industries.
  • Diversify Tech Job Board — A job board for underrepresented folks in tech featuring companies that are transparent about their diversity & inclusion efforts
  • Jopwell — Helps companies connect with and recruit Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals for jobs and internships.
  • People of Color in Tech — A platform connecting people of color with remote jobs in the tech industry
  • Tech Jobs For Good — Connects tech talent looking for purposeful work to organizations working on social and environmental issues.

Career Growth Resources

  • Landing Work You Love: A Tech Career Guide (General Assembly) — Designed for the novice considering a career in tech, this is a high-level guide about what working in the industry actually means. You'll learn tech's most in-demand roles, what they entail, and how to make a professional switch.
  • You Belong in Tech (Co.Lab) — 15+ stories on how folks from non-traditional backgrounds broke into tech - across software development, product design, and product management.

About Open Doors

Open Doors is a deep dive into the unconventional, unfiltered stories of diverse leaders in tech. Join our monthly events to hear their honest advice on everything from breaking into the industry, building a meaningful career, and paving the way for others. Learn more about the story behind Open Doors.

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