Black Software Development Candidates, Pt. 1

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Black Software Development Candidates, Pt. 1

Key Takeaways

  • Of the organizations where the number of Black or Black&LatinX members could be identified, the top five largest organizations accounted for 83% of the total membership.
  • Of the organizations for which the research team was able to determine the number of Black or Black & LatinX members, the five largest are: Inroads, National Society for Black Engineers, Black in Tech, National Action Council for Minorities, and Hidden Genius.
  • Inroads had 30,000 alumni members as of 2019. In the 2019 class, 86% of students were Black. Assuming that 86% of Inroads alumni were also Black, they would have 25,800 Black alumni members as of 2019.

Introduction

The research team worked to identify or estimate the number of Black candidates at each of the requested non-academic recruiting institutions/career advancement institutions. This information has been provided in the project spreadsheet, was well as summarized below. For more insight on what we would not find, and calculations/assumptions that had to be preformed, please see the Research Strategy section below.

Select Findings

  • Of the organizations for which the research team was able to determine the number of Black or Black & LatinX members, the five largest are: Inroads, National Society for Black Engineers, Black in Tech, National Action Council for Minorities, and Hidden Genius.
  • Inroads had 30,000 alumni members as of 2019. In the 2019 class, 86% of students were Black. Assuming that 86% of Inroads alumni were also Black, they would have 25,800 Black alumni members as of 2019.
  • The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has 24,000 members, assumed to be all Black.
  • Black in Technology had 13,000 members as of November 2021, all of whom are Black.
  • The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) has helped 24,000 minority students since 1974. Assuming 36% were Black, the same proportion as in the 2017 class, then they have helped an estimated 8,640 Black students since 1974.
  • The Hidden Genius Project had 1,271 students in 2020 and has had 7,689 students overall since 2012, all Black males.
  • Of the organizations where the number of Black or Black&LatinX members could be identified, there were a total of 94,913 Black or Black&LatinX individuals represented. The top five largest of such organizations accounted for 79,129 of these members, or 83%. Additionally, the top two organizations represent 49,800 members, or 52% of the total members counted.

Research Strategy

The research team reviewed each association's website, press releases, and, if necessary, third-party press mentions to obtain all relevant data available. All assumptions and calculations necessary have been outlined in the spreadsheet. Once the number of members of each association was estimated, if possible, the research team was able to identify the largest five, from a total of seventeen organizations where the number of Black or Black&LatinX members could be identified. Organizations have been rated from largest to smallest in the spreadsheet.

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