Your company still struggles with diversity… The fix costs you nothing.

Listen up folks, we are about to get started

Seriously, diversity statistics have not risen despite the billions of dollars tech has poured into it. If diversity were a company, it would be the laughingstock of the business world.

4. Remove background requirements

I can’t believe I have to see this in 2022 but so many companies, including the only platform I use (looking at you, LinkedIn), still require college degrees. In the age where schools are underfunded, colleges have shown to care more about money than upholding a quality education, and the upcoming generation sees little benefit in university, companies still have it as a list of requirements.

Looking at you LinkedIn

3. Have ERG members in every single interview

Okay, no facts here. Just my personal opinion. Twice I interviewed for my field’s most prestigious company in the world. Both times I had a person of a different race demean and degrade me in the interview. One of them even purposefully ensured that I would tank the interview by not letting me answer the question. He outright refused to let me write the answer on the whiteboard during a whiteboard interview. At the end of the interview, he told me I should have figured out a way to write the answer anyways.

2. Create content for your local high schools

No, not the private school your kid attends. You know, that school that is known for failing. That one. The one where the teachers are vastly underpaid, and the students are performing below the state level. They are the ones that need your help and in reality, they are willing to work harder for success. Many organizations, like Empowr, teach in these schools. Suppose your company was to create a curriculum or content for organizations to teach, so they can hire qualified students. In that case, you could gain diverse and skilled employees. The best part is that they would know everything you need them to know to do the job. Say goodbye to false hires or bad culture fits.

1. Open Internships to those 16 & up

This is huge. Why are your internships restricted to high school students? By doing so, you eliminated around 50% of your employment pool for people of color, put a class restriction for those who can afford college, and upheld the racist and classist systems in America.

Internships should ALWAYS be paid

My Final Point

I received plenty of offer letters from big four tech companies, am being honored for my tech contributions by MIT, and am successfully raising the next generation of diverse engineers. I am not saying this to brag. I am saying this because no matter how highly companies think of me, their rules would restrict me from working there. I got lucky. I had a startup who gave me a chance and from there my career took off. Stop limiting good talent. I had to be homeless before I got a tech job. That shouldn’t be the case.

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Adrian Le'Roy Devezin

Adrian Le'Roy Devezin

A nonprofit founder, activist, and lover of my black community.