Bringing Diversity to the Workplace: A First Nations Outlook

Washington, D.C. Campus

GA D.C.
509 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington D.C. 20004

Past Locations for this Event

Bringing Diversity to the Workplace: A First Nations Outlook | Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Campus

GA D.C.
509 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington D.C. 20004

Past Locations for this Event

About this event

Cultivating diversity and inclusion within a company is no longer a nicety – it is a necessity. Diversity is known to increase innovation, engagement and productivity within companies, and now, companies have a responsibility to take substantive action that results in tangible and lived values that empower all cultures and demographics; this means not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

The Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment state that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs have the highest employment and job growth in the Australian workforce. Yet, today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples remain exceedingly underrepresented in these industries; none more so than in tech. This begins from an early stage, with only 43 percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children graduating high school with one STEM subject. This literacy and numeracy gap, alongside other systemic factors, leads to the lack of opportunity for economic participation within the tech workforce for First Nations peoples.

Australian tech companies need to hold themselves accountable for the commitments they have towards a fair and equal workplace; one that recognises and incorporates fair representation of the traditional custodians of the land they work on. This should be done through tangible actions, such as fostering awareness and cultural competency within their company network, creating employment and pathways, increasing the representation of First Nations peoples in senior roles, and more. In this event, we will highlight the steps Australian companies need to take to embrace First Nations culture and knowledge and to incorporate these values into the way they run their business.

Takeaways

  • What are the current barriers for First Nations people entering the tech workforce?
  • What commitment to diversity practices does the tech community need to make to increase First Nations representation?
  • What does the shared journey for First Nations people and tech companies look like?
  • How does First Nation peoples inclusion in tech contribute to all industries?

Prereqs & Preparation

PREPARATION FOR THIS SESSION

This is a session for beginners; no prior knowledge is required.


IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

We know that there is a lot of concern about the Coronavirus. The wellbeing of our students, clients, instructors, employees, and guests is our number one priority here at General Assembly. We have therefore moved our programming to a live online learning environment.

Please Note

  • This session is taken completely online.
  • You will need a computer and a strong internet connection.
  • Download Zoom. Zoom is the video conferencing tool we will use. It works a lot like Google Hangouts or Skype. You will need to create an account in order to join the call.
  • We will provide a link to the session via email 24 hours in advance - keep an eye on your inbox


Please contact sydney@generalassemb.ly or phone GA Sydney on (02) 8318 2912 if you have any questions, concerns or need assistance.

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