While it is important to respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who have lived on and cared for the land we live on, land acknowledgements need to be combined with meaningful action.
One of the ways we can take meaningful action is by providing opportunities and pathways for Native Americans to enter and advance in the tech industry.
The Native American and Alaska Native community faces a severe underrepresentation in the engineering workforce, accounting for only 0.3% (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering report) despite making up 2.9% of the U.S population, 6.34% of Arizona’s population and 21.86% of Alaska’s population (U.S Census Bureau). When this gap is addressed, the resulting diversity will not only lead to increased innovation and profitability for the tech industry, but will also help create technology solutions that address the needs and challenges of the indigenous community.
To unravel the systemic and structural injustices of the past and present, we need to create systemic and structural opportunities.
As an employer, will you join us in bringing about the necessary structural changes and create opportunities and pathways for indigenous young adults?
Ways to Partner
Host an intern - Provide internship opportunities for students who complete our 12-week training program
Sponsor a student - Invest in a student by paying for the cost of the 12-week training program (partial sponsorship opportunities are available as well)
Be a mentor - Our students need a community of people who believe in them, invest in them and journey with them. We are looking for mentors who are in the technology field.
Share your story - Share your personal story of overcoming the odds and building resilience to inspire and motive our students.
Conduct a workshop - Share a workforce relevant skill and get to know our students.
We would love to collaborate with you!
Contact Sabina Rajasundaram for more details.
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived; it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
- Nelson Mandela