About

 

The purpose of our chapter is to develop a space where members are encouraged and engaged in their careers and companies are committed to the values of diversity, equality, and innovation.   Chapter members are required to participate in chapter activities to ensure its growth and success.  Companies are invited to share its activities on our site, recognize their employees, and endeavor with us to create a diverse Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) community with opportunity for all.  

Our name, Blacks in Technology_Research Triangle Park (BiT_RTP), is a bit of a misnomer.  Our chapter is inclusive of all people.   We welcome all who see the value in this work!  We use the word technology to include all disciplines in the STEM domain.  The framework of technology should be achromous.  However, bias and inequality exist.  

It is our goal to meet these challenges and confront them where they prevail.  Diversity, equality, and inclusion are complex issues in our society and the complications are many.   For many people of color, access, and opportunity are often difficult hurdles to overcome. We hope to eliminate the obstacles to digital access, regardless of income and location.  We want to change the narrative often heard when asked why people of color are not in leadership roles, hired as faculty, and are not included in entrepreneurial and innovative conversations.  We invite you to join BiT_RTP as a member or a company and help us slay the dragons of bias, discrimination, homosocial reproduction, inequality, pay inequity, and racism in our discipline.  Join us!

Our goals:

• Change the narrative that people of color are unprepared and unqualified applicants, challenge pay inequities, and create entrepreneurial and innovative opportunities for our members
• Assist and mentor our membership in developing their brand and skillset; advise members how to negotiate pay increases; and advocate for member concerns as they are raised
• Partner with companies to develop a database of qualified applicants of color, provide a pipeline for companies and members to connect, and promote company and employee mentorship opportunities  
• Expand entrepreneurial opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for members, engage companies to support the Chapter and its members; and enhance chapter's outreach