Racial & Social Equity in Employment: Challenges and Solutions

Close Technology Gaps in Underserved Communities

Beyond the well documented gap in employment opportunities, educational outcomes and family wealth, BIPOC communities across the United States face serious barriers in access to technology and with it, future access to the economy. A September 2020 report from Deutsche Bank found a "digital racial gap" and warned that "76% of Blacks and 62% of Hispanics could get shut out or be under-prepared for 86% of jobs in the US by 2045."

The full report is available here: https://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/RPS_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000511664/America%27s_Racial_Gap_%26_Big_Tech%27s_Closing_Window.pdf?undefined&realload=efv~JF1N~lvocSfXBPdyexKvp2jbo1MlMvu7xTBup9BbkkkqSgQHLxfIOmixq6HlJ4TCauNYP7tATU1ZcBBjQw==

Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic created incredible challenges for all students and their families, but this is especially true for students with disabilities, BIPOC students with disabilities, and the wider BIPOC community. A late 2020 study by UCLA found that "racial inequality is significant, with African Americans and Hispanics being 1.3 to 1.4 times as likely to experience limited accessibility as non-Hispanic Whites." Full report here: https://knowledge.luskin.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Digital-Divide-Phase2_brief_release_v01.pdf

As such, working to close the technology gap, improve internet access, and providing low/no cost hardware needs to be a high priority.

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