React Podcast

103: Pariss Athena on Black Tech Pipeline

Episode Summary

Pariss Athena share the history of #blacktechtwitter — how she discovered a vibrant community of Black and Brown technologists and what she's doing to amplify their voices and experiences in tech. She tells how her platform, Black Tech Pipeline, is bridging the diversity, equity, and inclusion gap as new Black and Brown developers join a largely white and Asian dominated industry. To close she gives us tremendous insight how it feels to be the sole representation of a minority group at a company, and ways all of us can be better allies in our meetings, projects, and communities.

Episode Notes




There were two places where I spoke without providing enough context for the listeners. People have asked and, given the importance of the topic, I'd like to add that context here:

"We're doing fine...": To support a point about exclusively supporting Black and Brown groups, excluding other people of color, I said (about Asians) "we're doing fine". This is an oversimplification. I meant "Asian representation in tech is significantly better — at American tech companies — than that of Black and Brown folks." I didn't mean to diminish the challenges that Asian developers and designers face in the workplace but to say — by comparison — I've never worked at a growing company where I was the only person who looked like me (for long).


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