National Urban League: Silicon Valley Slow In Hiring Blacks Despite Our High Use of Tech

This post was originally published on this site

The National Urban League focuses on the digital revolution and the inclusion of African Americans in the digital economy in its 42nd edition of its annual State of Black America. With the use of the Digital Inclusion Index, and a nod to 21st-century realities, the index looks at digital skills and occupations, digital access, and digital policy.

Digital Inclusion Index:

The Urban League’s Equality Index stated that 89.3% of African American households have a computer, a 2.5% increase over 2017; and 77.6% of black households have an internet connection. While computers, smartphones, and tablets have become a routine part of everyday life, the concept of digital inclusion the report notes, goes beyond whether every home has a computer and internet access. “Rather, the more relevant question is: ‘Are the new job, business and educational opportunities created by increased digitization of our world being equally shared?’”

Data: The report found that there is still an overwhelming difference between the percentage of blacks and whites who hold STEM degrees and certificates or are employed in the tech industry. Only 8.2% of all degrees conferred to blacks in 2015–2016 were in STEM fields and just 5.7% of total black employment in 2017 was in the tech industry. By contrast, 12.8% of degrees and certificates conferred to whites were in STEM, and 8.5% of white workers were employed in the tech industry.

Areas Below Average Digital Equality:

  • Research and Development: It is a well-known fact that HBCUs receive fewer research and development dollars per student and spend less on R&D per student compared to other universities. Because of school size, one might understand why total R&D dollars are lower at HBCUs than non-HBCUs but the gap in per student spending found by the NUL were troubling. The average HBCU receives just 10.2% of the federal per student R&D funds that go to non-HBCUs and spends just 7.9% of what the average non-HBCU spends on R&D per student.

Areas Above Average Digital Equality:

  • Computer and Data Science Degrees: While African Americans with PhDs in science and engineering degrees don’t have the same outcomes as their white counterparts, the report found that they are actually closer to parity than the average worker. And although African Americans are less likely than whites to receive STEM degrees in general, one particular kind of STEM degree is actually more common among African Americans than whites. In 2015–2016, 2.8% of African Americans and 2.6% of whites earned degrees in computer and data science.

The median salary for full-time employed African Americans with a doctoral science and computer/information science occupation is 92.8% that of whites. They are also nearly as likely to be employed as associate professors—2.6% of blacks and 2.8% of whites. On the full and assistant professorship levels, however, gaps exist, the report found. The report found that 24.6 % of African American doctoral scientists and engineers receive federal support, compared to 28.8% of whites.

The post National Urban League: Silicon Valley Slow In Hiring Blacks Despite Our High Use of Tech appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Facebook Comments

You May Also Like

Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, Diversity in Tech Advocate, Resigns Over Affair

This post was originally published on this siteThe CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, has ...

10 Free and Thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Ideas

This post was originally published on this siteAs Father’s Day quickly approaches, many of ...

A List of Things That Happen Within the First Hour After Beyoncé Drops Some New Music 

This post was originally published on this site (In chronological order): Read more… Facebook ...

The Oscars Will Be Adding A New Category To Honor ‘Popular’ Movies

This post was originally published on this site Marvel/Disney After months of discussions, the ...

It’s a Wrap! Coachella 2018 Goes out in Style

This post was originally published on this site There was more Bey, more Cardi ...

Courts Support Maryland HBCUs In Educational Disparities

Patience and persistence pays off. It’s been 10 years and counting, but alumni from ...

LiAngelo Ball Declares for the NBA Draft, and We All Know This Is Going to End Badly

This post was originally published on this site Please Papa Ball don’t make your ...

KORBEL BRUNCH

KORBEL BRUNCH It’s spring time, and what better way to celebrate the beauty of ...