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The Leaky Tech Pipeline: A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding and Addressing the Lack of Diversity Across the Tech Ecosystem

February 28, 2018

This report introduces the Leaky Tech Pipeline Framework, explores data on underrepresentation and barriers to diversity, and provides a roadmap for comprehensive interventions and solutions to increase racial and gender diversity across the tech ecosystem. 

College Bound Brotherhood: A Regional Movement to Increase College Opportunity and Success for Black Male Youth

November 1, 2017

The College Bound Brotherhood seeks to promote college knowledge, preparation, access and success for African-American male students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2013, the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI), the fiscal and initiative intermediary, has supported secondary and nonprofit partners to work together to advocate for and promote change at three levels—student, setting, and systems. MFEI has conducted this work with funding from the Kapor Center for Social Impact (Kapor Center) and the College Futures Foundation (CFF).Using a collective impact approach, the initiative seeks to change the "water" in which the "fish" swim—altering the context in which students interact and must navigate to promote a college going culture and providing a clean, fortified, and supportive environment that ensures postsecondary education for Black male youth. This report summarizes findings from a formative and summative evaluation of the initiative's progress to date. Document review, interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders—district, nonprofits, students and their families—along with outcome data provided by MFEI provide the information highlighted in this document.

Tech Leavers Study: A first-of-its-kind analysis of why people volunarily left jobs in tech

April 27, 2017

The Tech Leavers Study is a first-of-its-kind national study examining why people voluntarily left their jobs in tech. The Kapor Center for Social Impact and Harris Poll surveyed a representative sample of more than 2,000 U.S. adults who have left a job in a technology-related industry or function within the last three years. How do experiences and microaggressions such as sexist comments and racist and stereotypical jokes affect employee turnover? Does tech workplace culture contribute to tech's overall dismal diversity numbers by driving underrepresented employees out of the door? While people leave their jobs for a variety of reasons, from the desire to seek career advancement or greater pay to a shorter commute or a change of careers, the study found that unfair treatment is the single largest driver of turnover affecting all groups, and most acutely affects underrepresented professionals. Workplace culture drives turnover, significantly affecting the retention of underrepresented groups, and costing the industry more than $16 billion each year.