Re: Google Pledges Diversity In Its Workforce
There's certainly one truth that stands out here; being candid about these numbers is the first step towards fixing this problem. Seeing just how low some of the numbers are for women and minorities earning CS degrees offers a more complete perspective, and takes some of the blame off Google; "Blacks and Hispanics each make up under 10 percent of U.S college grads and each collect fewer than 10 percent of degrees in CS majors".They deserve some credit, then, for having hire rates above ten percent. While companies of that size certainly can have an impact on the education system, they can't force the number of people graduating right now to change. I admit, that's not a number I'd heard before, and that's part of the problem.
Some other numbers stuck out to me. The original 2014 report indicates that 61% of Google's workforce is white... but that an additional 30% of it is Asian. I noticed in the Fortune article that Twitter was also considered to have poor diversity because 88% of it's workfroce was white or Asian. Now, I do understand why this is the case - we all know there's no shortage of Asian people graduating with CS degrees and, moreover, many tech companies (though not Google or Twitter) are Asian in origin - that doesn't mean I agree with it. Does 'diversity' really mean having an equal amount of people of every ethnicity in every industry? Why group whites and Asians together? I'm curious to hear others' thoughts on the matter. Remember, being frank is the key to sucess here.