Did you know that Hispanics only make up an average of 6 to 8 percent of the tech workforce? Last year, sources reported that we are only represented by 8.8 percent of Google’s tech workers, 8.6 percent of Netflix’s, 8 percent of Apple’s, 7 percent of Microsoft’s, and 6.5 percent of Meta/Facebook’s.
Although the rate is low, it’s actually increasing. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported a shocking 2.9 percent of Latino workers in Google. And the increment is far from being over.
New organizations have since been formed to tackle this lack of diversity. Organizations such as Techqueria, a nonprofit that serves the largest global community of Latinx professionals in tech; Latinas in Tech, the largest network of Latina women working across the technology sector; and Latinos in Tech, the organization that supports Latin@s with resources, special events, and professional development services; are all putting their efforts to expand the Latino representation in technology.
Now, there’s no excuse to hire Latinos that are more than capable of doing the same job, mostly made of Whites and Asians.
Let’s take a deeper look at the organizations helping Latinos get their foot in the field to highlight those making waves in the technology world.
Techqueria’s mission is “to empower Latinx professionals with the resources and support they need to further their careers and become leaders in the tech industry.” It started in 2019 and currently has over 18 thousand members. In 2020, they launched their summit to help empower those in the field and connect them with companies to help them thrive. “As an organization, we make it our goal to serve all tech professionals throughout their career growth by offering community to all members, from marketing professionals to engineers,” their About page reads.
Latinas in Tech
Latinas in Tech is “a non-profit organization with the aim to create a technology industry where Latinas are well-represented throughout all levels of the ecosystem by empowering them to be innovators and leaders.” They pride themselves on expanding their expertise on all fronts of the technology world. “We are engineers, cybersecurity experts, data scientists, business development leaders, public relations professionals, sales professionals, journalists, bloggers, entrepreneurs, investors, marketing professionals, recruiters, and everything surrounding the tech ecosystem.”
Latinos in Tech
Wisconsin’s Latinos in Tech’s goal is to help Latinos “meet the projected 13% growth of technology occupations by 2030 and increase the percentage of minorities working in the field.” This company’s based in Milwaukee and serves their bilingual local community. Next month, they will be part of Wisconsin Tech Month, where they will discuss Wisconsin’s tech ecosystem.
So, if you’re ready to get into the technology world – why not look into these organizations to be part of the wave?