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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 12/23/2014, 8:09 a.m.
On Friday, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators ratified a resolution titled Supporting the Diversification of Tech Industry’s Empowerment, ...

Special to The Dallas Examiner

On Friday, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators ratified a resolution titled Supporting the Diversification of Tech Industry’s Empowerment, which calls on tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to diversify their workforces through more robust outreach to minority communities.

“When Google and Facebook released their dismal diversity statistics of their workforce earlier this year, it became clear that the lack of diversity in the technology firms was not just a trend, it is a reality,” state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of South Carolina stated. “This resolution is an opportunity to identify both the problem and potential solutions to this pressing issue.”

Technology jobs are among the highest paying and fastest growing in the country. They also offer the opportunity to be on the forefront of major innovations. If minorities cannot contribute to this phenomenon, they will never be able to reap its full benefits.

“Through partnerships with Black, Hispanic and women’s organizations, tech companies like Google and Facebook can make inroads into a community they have too long neglected,” Cobb-Hunter continued. “Minorities are avid users of technology, but for too long have been omitted from the creative process.”

NBCSL hopes to be at the forefront of bringing minority workers and technology companies together into a mutually beneficial partnership. Tackling this problem is one of many daunting challenges facing Silicon Valley and through resolutions like these, the NBCSL hopes to raise awareness and take concrete steps in increasing minority representation in the tech industry.

Reps. Cobb-Hunter of South Carolina, John King of South Carolina, Carl Anderson of South Carolina, Joe Armstrong of Tennessee, Alan Williams of Florida, Geraldine Thompson of Florida, Laura V. Hall of Alabama and Floyd McKissick of North Carolina sponsored the resolution.