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This lesson is part of our regular Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion curriculum.

At Epicodus, we believe promoting diversity in the tech field is the right thing to do, because people should have access to tech jobs regardless of their background. But having a diverse workforce isn't just good for underrepresented groups: it also positively impacts a company's bottom line.

This article from Forbes gives a dozen reasons why diversity is important in the tech field. The Forbes Technology Council, a group of executives, CTOs, and CIOs, provided this information. According to this group, a diverse workforce can:

  • Solve problems faster. A diverse workforce brings a diversity of ideas and approaches, allowing teams to attack problems from many different angles.

  • Build products for everyone. A diverse team can better assess the needs of a diverse customer base.

  • Increase profits. Evidence shows that companies with higher gender diversity are more profitable than companies lacking in gender diversity.

  • Create a dynamic workplace culture. A good workplace culture attracts talent while a toxic culture leads to talent looking elsewhere for jobs.

When it comes to understanding why companies prioritize diversity, it's important to understand that diversity benefits everybody, not just underrepresented groups. We believe the same is true for Epicodus as well, not just the tech community at large.

According to Maxine Williams, the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook:

Every Monday, when we get a new class of hires, I say to them, "I don't want you to come in here and think that you need to use 'blind' as a suffix. That you need to describe people as 'just my colleagues' or say things like, 'I don't see race. I don't see gender. I'm colorblind. Sexual-orientation blind.' In doing so you're neutralizing a part of a person that is an asset. I want you to see those characteristics and see them as adding value."

Ultimately, diversity is an asset, not a liability - and diversity makes both Epicodus and other organizations better places to work.

Ready to Write Your Reflection?

There is a reflective assignment for this lesson. If you are ready to write your reflection, head on over to Epicenter to find the prompt. If you are logged in to Epicenter, you can access the prompt by navigating to this link:

Reflection Prompt: Economic Benefits of Diversity in Tech

Otherwise, you can find detailed instructions on accessing the reflection prompts in the DEI Reflective Assignments lesson.

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Last updated December 29, 2021