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How to Get Minorities into Tech and Digital


Vitamin T staffer Eric Osborne (left) is one very busy guy.

He spends his days as a Director of Business Development, working with Seattle’s best companies and agencies to help them hit tight deadlines and increase their bottom lines.

Many nights, however, he’s working tirelessly as co-founder of HERE Seattle, an organization that helps minorities find their place in the creative and tech worlds through networking, mentoring, and philanthropy.

It’s not an easy task. Check out these employment figures from around the country:

But Eric and the other HERE founders want to be part of the solution, not a part of the problem. With over 400 members and growing, they’re getting there!

Aside from their mentoring and networking events, they’re working with the Technology Access Foundation (TAF), which has developed a STEM curriculum used in local schools and Tech Diversified, a nonprofit that provides adult education and career counseling.

There’s also been good news this year from around the digital world. Pinterest recently announced it aims to have 8 percent of its engineers and 12 percent of non-engineers come from “underrepresented ethnic backgrounds,” including blacks and Latinos. And earlier this year Google gave $775,000 to support CODE2040, a group launching free training programs for black and Latino college engineering students.

Want to get involved?

Check out the HERE site.

Or reach out to Eric directly!

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