Hispanic people have made significant technological advances, such as Dr. Luis Von Ahn who invented the “Methods and Apparatuses for Controlling Access to Computer Systems and for Annotating Media Files” or the Captcha you see online that helps distinguish human from machine input and prevents spam and automated extraction of data from web sites. Despite their contributions; Hispanic people, are rarely seen in corporate American leadership roles. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’d like to highlight several organizations working to empower Hispanic people in the workplace:
Latinas in Tech is a non-profit that is also the largest network of Latina women working across the technology sector. Their goal is to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in tech. They accomplish this goal through mentoring, events, programs, a job board, and creating safe spaces within top tech companies for recruitment. Every year they come out with an Annual Member Report that celebrates their community and talks about highlights from the year, projects, and positive news.
Learn More: Latinas in Tech Website
Techqueria is a nonprofit that provides resources and support to the largest global community of Latinx professionals to further their careers in the tech industry. To support tech professionals, they work with tech companies and employee resource groups and provide career advice, recruiting, mentorship, networking, and events. In 2020 they launched an Annual Summit for Latinx Heritage Month (LHM), to empower Latinx professionals in tech. At the Summit, Latinx professionals can network with companies that have committed to inclusion in the workplace, while simultaneously taking a moment to celebrate the community in tech.
Learn More: Techqueria Website
TechLatino is an Association in that people pay a yearly fee to be a member (which some companies will reimburse you for, check with your HR!). They offer a career center with job boards, events, professional development opportunities, and networking. They also have volunteer opportunities and advocate for increasing opportunities for the Latino community.
Learn More: TechLatino Website
Empower Hispanic America with Technology (EHAT) is an initiative that was started by The League of United American Citizens (LULAC) as a way to help increase access to technology for historically underserved Hispanic communities. By increasing access in these areas to telecommunication technologies, EHAT has established the largest Latino network of community technology centers in the United States of America. They provide free educational workshops to thousands, training, and education on everything to do with STEM for local communities. They are serving people across the country to bridge the gap in resources for the Hispanic community, and so far has helped over 1.6 million people.
Learn More: LULAC Website
This article is by no means comprehensive in showcasing organizations that empower the Hispanic community, but we hope it will spark an interest in learning more about the organizations that work hard every day to encourage diversity in the workplace. Encouraging minorities and women to pursue STEM careers or build their own businesses infuses those industries with a fresh perspective. Diversity within the tech space is growing, and we at DOMA believe that meaningful change begins from within. It is our goal to build an inclusive, collaborative environment that values everyone’s unique contributions and we are committed to helping people find their place in the technology sector.
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