Supporting our Black employees, partners, teachers, and students

  • Creating a more supportive workplace for our Black employees. Only 7% of our full-time employees are Black. As we continue to work towards increased diversity of representation, we want to make sure our Black employees always feel welcomed, included, and heard. Our CEO has invited our Black employees to a forum for dialogue about how we can better support an inclusive culture. In the next few weeks, Code.org’s leadership will host discussions with all our employees to engage on this and brainstorm ideas and actions for change. This is an ongoing process. Every organization can benefit from listening to their employees to help identify further actions.
  • Leveraging our megaphone. Code.org reaches over 1 million teachers and tens of millions of students. We will use our platform to highlight diverse role models in computer science, and to promote steps that can be taken in support of increased equity for communities of color. As just one small example, for this week’s Code Break, we will ask the thousands of participating students and parents to share a moment of silence in solidarity with victims of racism, and we will engage our special guest China Ann McClain in a discussion of equity in education. This isn’t about just a few posts to social media for a few weeks. From social media campaigns to videos to student events and teacher conferences, there are countless opportunities over the next decade for us to convey our message about equity in computer science education.
  • Utilizing data and research to identify CS education gaps for Black students, especially young Black women. Code.org’s data and research not only guide our work in CS classrooms, they are also used by all 50 states to consider and pass CS education policy. In the near future we will publish similar data but with a new focus on the intersection of race and gender (which is traditionally underreported in CS). Our annual State of CS report will include a deeper analysis of how access to CS impacts participation by Black students. We will continue efforts to use data and research to identify racial gaps in CS education as well as approaches to close these gaps.
  • Using all our education and policy-focused programs to better support Black students. We will revisit our curriculum, professional learning programs, policy/advocacy programs, and even the global Hour of Code campaign to better support and engage racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in CS. As just one small example, this year’s Hour of Code #CSforGood theme will include a sharpened focus from Code.org on educating students about how algorithmic bias can create societal inequities which disproportionately impact the Black community. This isn’t work that begins and ends in one week, it will last years. Our curriculum and professional learning programs reach one third of US schools, and our policy work impacts all 50 states, and so this is our biggest opportunity for change.

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