Black Community Engagement
Black Community Engagement
Black Community Engagement
Black Community Engagement
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Black Women in Tech Project

Black women in Canada are overrepresented in low-paid front-line jobs and are underrepresented in the professional and tech sectors when compared to other visible minorities. A Statistics Canada Report 2020 showed that Black women had lower rates of employment than other visible minorities. They were also underrepresented in the professional and technical fields. In computer and information systems, for example, about 15% of women were Chinese, 11% were South Asian, and 2.5% were Blacks. Black women were mostly health care assistants, cleaners, and cashiers (Gagnon and Milan 2020). Black Women Business Network (BWBN)  is conducting research funded by the  Women and Gender Equality Canada (Link) into why Black women are significantly underrepresented in the tech industry.

As part of this project, BWBN is inviting members of the Black community (High Schoolers, Post Secondary Students, Parents/Guardian, and Black Women willing to Transition to Tech,) to participate in round table discussions with the Black Community and Tech Employers in BC and AB to share their thoughts and perspectives on this issue and to propose solutions.The purpose of these engagements is to get the thoughts and perspectives of the Black Community on the root causes and experiences limiting the attraction, retention, and advancement of Black girls and women in tech-related fields and how we can together co-create meaningful interventions to increase their representation in tech careers.

We value your participation in this project. A gift card will be provided to participants as a token of appreciation.

Registration closes on Thursday June 30, 2022.   

Focus Group Engagement Sessions

All sessions will be taking place virtually for accessibility and inclusivity, with additional opportunity for an in-person session for Black girls that are senior high school students and Black girls/women pursing postsecondary education in STEM-related programs.

The schedule for the engagement sessions is listed below. If you would like to participate, please follow the registration link to select which of the sessions you would like to participate in.  

Registration is limited. If you have an issue with registering, please contact Lenora Gobina,

Registration closes on June 30, 2022. 

Black Community Focus Groups and Schedule

Focus GroupEngagement topicsModeDates
Session 1: Black girls who are senior high school studentsDiscussing barriers and solutions to developing early curiosity in tech  VirtualTuesday July 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Session 2: Black girls/women pursuing postsecondary education in STEM-related programsDiscussing barriers experienced during post-secondary studies in tech and possible solutionsVirtualThursday July 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Session 3: Parents and guardians of Black girls in high school and postsecondary institutionsDiscussing the influence of parents and guardians in steering their children into or away from tech focused careersVirtualTuesday July 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  
Session 4: Black women in other fields who intend to transition, or are transitioning into tech-related careersDiscussing barriers and opportunities to transitioning into techVirtualThursday July 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  

Joint Black Community and Tech Community Roundtable

Focus GroupEngagement topicsModeDates
Black community and tech community

Participation in this session is dependent on participation in one of the earlier Black Community Focus Group Engagements. This session will include roundtable sessions, networking opportunities, and the ability to listen to proposed solutions on the inclusion of Black women and girls in tech by individuals currently in the tech sector.  


In person  TBD, tentatively scheduled for September   


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