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Challenge: Lack of Black Computer Programmers
Image: Vauhini Vara – Discussion on Why are there so few black programmers? – AFAM STEM
From the discussion:
Socioeconomic status, lack of rolemodels,lack of awareness. I know the last two from experience. I'm a black female coder and when I was explaining what I wanted to major in most of my family thought that meant I would fix computers for a living. I also hate going to conferences and not seeing others that look like me. Luckily, I went to a school where most of the computer science students were black and female so that I wouldn't feel intimidated at school as well. It's not that there isn't the talent for it. There is just a lot of BS to wade through between socioeconomic status (as I mentioned once before) and commpn misconceptions of what a computer scientist/programmer is and who can be one.
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