Center for Employment Equity | New report examines Silicon Valley workforce diversity

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

New research from colleagues at the Center for Employment Equity (CEE) finds that while white and Asian men dominate the workforces of the largest Silicon Valley Tech firms, there are companies among their ranks that demonstrate achieving diversity in their workforces is currently possible.

In the report “Is Silicon Valley Tech Diversity Possible Now?” co-authors Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Joo-Hee Han examined data reported to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016 from a sample of the largest tech firms in the San Francisco Bay/Silicon Valley area, including the largest publicly traded and privately held companies in the region. Focusing on executive, managerial and professional occupations, they document for the first time considerable variability in the levels of employment diversity across 177 firms, finding that some firms have already figured out how to produce diverse workforces.

The Center for Employment Equity is a new research center at UMass which conducts research on workplace equity, disseminating results widely to scholars, the public, policymakers, agencies, and the media. ISSR is proud to have been a partner in the CEE's development, and to serve as institutional home for the Center's Director.

Read the full press release about this important new report here, and visit the the CEE website to connect with this team's wider agenda.