Lesson Thursday

Epicodus is committed to increasing diversity in the tech industry. That means serving students from underrepresented communities and also doing everything we can to increase the representation of these communities in the tech community. This includes BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color), women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other marginalized populations.

As part of our effort towards building a more diverse tech industry, our curriculum includes DEI topics that will accompany Tuesday morning standups on that topic. DEI is short for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We will cover these terms (and many more) throughout the program. We'll also briefly cover these terms here:

  • Diversity: Traditionally, the tech industry has skewed heavily white and male. Bringing diversity to the tech industry means hiring and retaining people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other marginalized populations. These groups also leave tech jobs at a much higher rate than white men, and diversity means addressing this higher attrition rate as well.

  • Equity: To define equity, we also have to think about equality. Equality is about treating everyone equally regardless of their background. Equity, on the other hand, means recognizing that everyone's background is different. For example, Epicodus used to have a technical assessment for its applicants. While this approach treated students equally, students who didn't grow up with access to technology were less likely to be able to pass that assessment. So we added the Introduction to Programming course to make our program more equitable for students with less of a technical background.

  • Inclusion: In order to diversify the tech industry, we need to be inclusive. While diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make us different from one another, inclusion refers to the actions we take to make others feel welcome.

If these definitions seem a bit vague right now, that's okay. We'll be covering them more in depth throughout the course.

As part of your homework during weeks that have DEI curriculum, there will be a short lesson in the Monday homework on that DEI topic. Then, on Tuesday morning, as part of standup, your instructors will lead a talk on that topic.

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Last updated August 25, 2020