Program Aims To ‘Hack’ Tech’s Diversity Problem By Building A Bigger Pipeline04:41 Play August 09, 2017

Program Aims To ‘Hack’ Tech’s Diversity Problem By Building A Bigger Pipeline04:41 Play August 09, 2017

A new program aims to help solve a persistent problem in the tech industry: its lack of diversity.

Just 8 percent of U.S. tech workers are Hispanic and around 7 percent are African-American, according to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council found lower percentages for those groups working in tech jobs in the state.

A group of local industry leaders have come together to help change the recruiting pipeline into the field. And they’re working with Boston-area tech companies — like HubSpot.

On a recent weekday there, the company’s Cambridge office is abuzz as people line up in a large foyer for lunch. It’s “sushi burrito day” at the marketing software company.

There are more than 1,600 employees at HubSpot and about 70 summer interns. A few of those interns venture outside to eat lunch on a nearby lawn. At one point, the focus turns to one particular intern: Rizel Bobb-Semple.

“Did you request HubSpot? How does it work?” Ehis Osifo, another intern, asks her.

“It’s like Tinder,” Bobb-Semple responds.

Read more: http://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2017/08/09/hack-diversity