The “diversity problem” in Silicon Valley is not a question of whether or not the geographical area is culturally diverse.
It is a question of whether the makeup of the companies in the region, when taking into account the ethnicity, cultural and gender makeup of their available hiring pool, are creating a percentage that is reflective of the area.
It is a question of, once having created this, ensuring that at each level within the company, you maintain this percentage.
And this is where Silicon Valley fails.
There are tons of East Asians, Indians, Middle Easterns, Jews, Women, African American, people over 40, etc, employed in Silicon Valley.
The trouble is, they “re disproportionately populated throughout the departments and jobs within their companies. Very few non-white males (and by that, I mean, caucasian) make it up to the executive levels and beyond.
So yes, the area is diverse. And the companies themselves can laud their wonderfully diverse hiring practices.
I “m working to help more companies bring the diversity where it matters.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Does-Silicon-Valley-have-a-diversity-problem-Why-do-people-say-Silicon-Valley-has-a-diversity-problem-when-it-is-blatantly-very-diverse
Originally Posted On: 2017-06-01