Mayor Muriel Bowser provided remarks at the opening press conference of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus for the second annual Diversity in Tech Summit at Howard University on Wednesday, July 24.
The Caucus, founded by Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) in 2015, is a bipartisan effort to promote diversity in the tech industry. The Summit strives to build partnerships between major corporations and HBCUs to address the challenges facing the tech industry and its efforts to build a diverse workforce.
There are over 100 HBCUs that educate and provide vital opportunities for students; however, they face many challenges. The Caucus convenes to discuss these challenges and create policies that address them.
“I want to thank to 94 members of the bipartisan HBCU caucus who have recognized how important HBCUs are to equalizing opportunity in our country, giving people talented people the fair shot they deserve,” Bowser said at the conference.
“We know two things,” Bowser said. “First, tech jobs are the jobs of the future, and we know that HBCUS are the key to diversifying the tech industry.”
Compiled by Olivia Boyd, WI Intern