Tech Inclusion Solution: Day 28: Having An Empathic Approach To Understanding Intersectionality In Tech
100 Solutions to Diversity and Inclusion in tech.
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Solution: Having An Empathic Approach To Understanding Intersectionality In Tech
I believe that we need to include intersectionality in our understanding of what it means to be inclusive in tech.
I’ve joined initiatives promoting women in tech that don’t account for the fact that women are not all in the same causal position. Some face additional challenges because they are poor, lgbt, and other identity vectors, and women of different ethnicities face different challenges in the workplace because of the ways they may be racialized.
I believe developing a more holistic understanding of identity in the workplace and developing concrete ways to address identity in the workplace (such as acknowledging the ways that people are impacted at work by events outside work) is an important first step towards creating workplaces that support many different identities.
Diversity and Inclusion In Tech Solution Submitted by Irene
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