Washington, D.C. -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) led a delegation of its board of directors and advisory council including Hispanic members of Congress for a Tech Community Summit in Silicon Valley. Last year with pressure from diversity advocates, leading technology companies made public employment statistics that revealed they had on average less than 4 percent of Latinos in their workforce.
The Tech Community Summit included Latino representatives of Silicon Valley technology companies, start-ups, non-profits and associations for roundtable discussions.
The conversation continued at several of Silicon Valley's top companies to advance Latino diversity and address how technology companies can work towards better outcomes by:
- Replicating successful STEM and Tech programs in K-12 programs
- Investing in higher education and Hispanic Serving Institutions
- Strengthening recruitment and retention strategies, including investing in paid scholarships and internships
- Supporting Latino start ups and looking to Latino firms through procurement process
- And increasing Latino representation on their boards