June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The computer and information technology industry has received much attention in recent years due to its lack of diversity and the toxic culture in these companies. The population of the United States is 12% Blacks, but this representation does not carry out into the technology industry. The majority of tech companies have less than 5% Black employees. Due to these factors, many Black employees leave these companies, resulting in billions of dollars lost to replace their positions within the technology industry. The lack of diversity can also affect worker wellbeing, productivity, and innovation within the workplace. To bring awareness to this issue, our study examines the experiences of Black engineers through the narratives they tell about their workplaces. We aim to interview 40 engineers within the technology industry to understand the conditions in which they work. The interviews will be held with 10 each of: Black males, Black Females, White males, and White females, in order to attend to the intersectionality of race and gender. Each participant will provide their own individual experiences, which will allow us as researchers to examine, compare, and contrast across all accounts. Specifically, we will be using narrative analysis with three different frameworks: Faulkner’s in/authenticity, Helms and Piper’s pairing of racial identity theory and vocational psychology, and Kendi’s history of racist ideas. With our work, we will add to the depth of research on diversity by presenting our findings to industry leaders and conference sessions. The end goal of this project is to create a more welcoming and diverse community within the computer and information technology industry.
Douglas, E. P., & McCray, E. D., & Dietz, G. A. (2019, June), Board 39: The In/Authentic Experiences of Black Engineers Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32338
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