On the 4th of May, the first of two bus tours set off. Organized to show the amazing history of Durham, the hour-long tour traveled to places such as Hayti, Main St. at Fayetteville, and more.Pictures of the first bus tour
DiversifyIT kicked off the 2017-2018 year with an ice cream social at the Technology Engagement Center on West Campus. An ice cream truck from The Parlour parked outside the building, and everyone got a ticket for ice cream. There were dozens of interesting conversations and visitors from across Duke, both the University and Health Systems.Pictures
Our headliner event for 2017-2018, “What would we DO?” was a great success! We met at the Full Frame theater at American Tobacco Campus. We had about 60 people who watched skits, discussed them, and then discussed how to change them.
The rest of the story
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.
What does IT Diversity look like at Duke?
Why Diversify IT?
- 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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