At Kenzie Academy, we’ve been excited and humbled to celebrate Black History Month over the past few weeks. Whether it’s honoring awesome professionals making moves in the Black in Tech space or discussing the importance of inclusive workplaces, we’re proud to be part of an inclusive and diverse team. Check out these quotes from Kenzie Academy staff and alumni in honor of Black History Month to get inspired for the future of tech.
“Diversity in tech is important to me because technology affects everyone. Having a homogenous group of people determine our future feels… wrong. I want a voice in how tech impacts my life as a woman, a mother, a Black American.” – Sharmin, Kenzie’s Director of Professional Development
“There are plenty of success stories for black people to look to when we think of sports, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. I was inspired to choose the tech industry because there is a new world of opportunities in this field that are accessible to everyone. I want to be able to prove to myself and other people just like me that with the right resources and proper guidance we can find success in whatever we put our minds to.” – T.J., Software Engineering Associate Instructor
“My hope is to have representation for marginalized groups. I think it’s important for people of color, specifically Black women, to be able to engage in such spaces and have the accessibility and resources to be in the spaces as well. A lot of times, we are left out of the conversation when we have just as much of a valuable opinion and input on pretty much everything. So it would be extremely important to ensure we are always able to be present, active, and accepted to do the work!” – Megan, Admissions Advisor
“My hopes for the future of tech are manifesting at Kenzie Academy. The hope that tech’s future will include diversity, reflecting just how colorful our world is.” – C.J., Admissions Advisor
“Diversity is important for all industries, but especially the tech industry because it is literally ushering us into the future. Having a wide range of voices design our future will ensure it’s one that can accommodate all of us.” – Alexa, Content Marketer
“Diversity in tech is blossoming and it’s our duty to keep the momentum going through mentorship. One day, we decided to become engineers. We prayed, we endured, we worked HARD, and we achieved! It’s now our turn to educate and inspire folks who are just beginning those prayers.” – Mya, UX Facilitator
“You have a different kind of energy when you are surrounded by diverse people, ideas, and experiences. Because the tech industry strives to innovate, disrupt, and make people’s lives better, diversity is key to making those big dreams come to light. Without diversity, the single mom in Michigan or the first generation immigrants in Florida could be left behind and it’s our responsibility in tech to ensure everyone has an opportunity to see their lives improved. The easiest way to accomplish this is by filling the table with enough voices so that each experience is represented.” – Tray, Campus Registrar