The demographics of IT professionals at Duke show that Duke has around twice the number of women in its ranks than Facebook or Google have. The same holds true for racial statistics. This is terrific, it shows we’re way ahead of the industry as a whole. The problem is that the percentage of women in the IT workforce at Duke is around 30%. The story is similar when you look at race statistics, etc.
The DiversifyIT committee grew out of a discussion group that met at TechExpo several years ago. The committee seeks to further the conversation about all sorts of minority and underrepresented groups, ranging from LGBTQ+ to disabilities, etc.
By 2022 there will be more than 1.2 Million jobs in the U.S. that require computer science and programming skills, but only 480,000 computer science graduates to fill those jobs, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By 2020 females aged 25-44 are predicted to be the second largest group in our workforce. In total, females are 57% of US workers, according to the US Census in 2013 (assumed both facts were from US Census 2013).
In 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University the incoming computer science class was 40% female. Additionally, UC Berkeley’s female computer science majors outnumbered the males for the first time since 1993.
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