Diversity in Tech: The Distorted Truth

Christina Truong (Independent )
2:15pm–2:45pm Wednesday, 04/22/2015
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In the Summer of 2014, a number of well known tech companies released their employee demographic information, shining a bigger spotlight on the issue of diversity in tech. But what does true diversity really mean? The conversation around the lack of women in tech and the related issues has become a hot topic and is being talked about more and more. While this is very important, the lack of ethnic diversity often gets overshadowed by the more prevalent discussion about gender.

Are there certain biases that further split marginalized groups and how does the demographic information reflect this? In order to effectively tackle the issue of diversity, we need to understand the underlying cultural biases that create disparities not only in the culture at large but also within the underrepresented groups to change this often one-dimensional representation of the tech community.

SESSION REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES

This is a community talk so no prerequisite knowledge is required.

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Christina Truong

Independent

Christina holds a BA in Psychology and Communications and a certificate in web development. Over the years, she has gained agency experience working at various digital agencies such as Teehan + Lax and Nurun as well as heading up the front-end development for software company, Field ID. She has also participated in the initiative to encourage more women to join the technology field by working with Ladies Learning Code as a speaker, mentor, instructor and now as Technical Lead. She is currently an independent Web Developer & Educator.