As Native American Month comes to a close, we would like to look at some organizations you can continue to support all year to help Indigenous Professionals prosper in the tech space. It is more important than ever that we have a varied workforce in technology. Indigenous people in the United States are the most underrepresented group in the technology industry; however, they represent diverse cultures that can lend valuable insight into the future of technology and the world. Here are just a few organizations you can support that are looking to expand the influence of Indigenous people in technology:
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an organization that looks to lead with culture and identity first as their approach to true diversity. They are working to fill the gap for those who are most underrepresented in STEM with their resource offerings, including mentoring, leadership programs, webinars, volunteering, conferences, and much more for their members.
Learn More: SACNAS Website
Natives in Tech is a non-profit organization that provides a “tech ecosystem of native technologists.” They have networking initiatives, host an annual conference, and craft free, open-source technology that empowers their community.
Learn More: Natives in Tech Website
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society is a non-profit that was founded in 1977 and currently has 5,900 members from over 200 tribal nations working towards increasing the representation of indigenous peoples in STEM. They have chapters throughout the US and Canada and offer support through academic scholarships, internships, professional development, career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and other STEM-focused programming.
Learn More: AISES Website
The Sisterhood of Native American Coders (SONAC) is a non-profit organization that is working to close the gender gap while at the same time addressing the underrepresentation of indigenous women in STEM. They help provide engaging STEM education for girls with community support (with 89 tribal affiliations) throughout their academic, internship, and occupational endeavors.
Learn More: SONAC Website
This article is by no means comprehensive in showcasing organizations that empower the Indigenous community, but we hope it will spark an interest in learning more about the organizations that work hard every day to encourage diversity in the workplace. Encouraging minorities and women to pursue STEM careers or build their own businesses infuses those industries with a fresh perspective. Diversity within the tech space is growing, and we at DOMA believe that meaningful change begins from within. It is our goal to build an inclusive, collaborative environment that values everyone’s unique contributions and we are committed to helping people find their place in the technology sector.
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