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Diversity in IT - Inclusion = Diversity - Oxfordshire Branch

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To increase diversity we need to create inclusivity.

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Jenna Griffin, BCS Policy Programme Manager

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19:30 - Webinar starts

21:00 - Webinar ends

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As we know, Diversity in the IT industry and the pipeline of talent is far below acceptable.

We currently have 19% of technical roles held by women and 18% by ethnic minorities; however, only 9% of IT Directors are from an ethnic minority background. The stats around ethnicity is seriously concerning, with Black women the most underrepresented in the industry at less than 1% of the workforce.

The figures are alarming; however, we can all play our own role by changing perceptions and fostering more inclusive cultures. If we create organisations that encourage everyone and understand the benefits of diverse teams, especially as technology advances, then change for the future could be on the horizon.

However, changing organisational mindsets is just one aspect, and we need to be aware of inclusivity and diversity from a much younger age. All children need to view computing education as fun, and by doing so, they need to see children like them partaking in digital activities. They need to have role models supporting them as they get older to apply for a computer science degree or a digital apprenticeship.

To increase diversity, we need to create inclusivity.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

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BCS Oxfordshire Branch

Visit: https://oxon.bcs.org/

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We are all responsible for ensuring technology-led change is safe and positive for everyone in society. At BCS we’re committed to meeting this responsibility under royal charter.

That’s why we set the highest standards of professionalism and best practice in the industry, share knowledge, and develop skills and capability tuned to our evolving digital world.

We’ve been supporting the technology industry since 1957 and our 73,000-strong membership spans 150 countries. Every member actively promotes IT professionalism and we provide them with career development opportunities and bring the community together to address the professional, ethical and economic challenges facing technology today.

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