Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry

Like we wrote about earlier this week, supporting diversity in the tech industry is a top priority for The Iron Yard. This month, we celebrated an exciting milestone on our Indianapolis campus: Not only did we welcome the largest class we’ve ever had, it was also one of the most diverse. This cohort in Indianapolis has a 50/50 split of men and women.

Our Indianapolis campus director, Emily Trimble, recently contributed an article to TechPoint.org talking about the hard work she and her team have done over the past couple of years to ensure the Indianapolis campus is a safe, comfortable learning environment for all.

Below is an excerpt of Emily’s article, “Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry,” that talks about what led to increased enrollment of female students:

This week, we started a new cohort at The Iron Yard. It’s always exciting to see a fresh group of faces on campus – faces that look equal parts excited and nervous, but ready to tackle the huge challenge in front of them. This week, however, there were a few extra things to be excited about. Not only did we launch the largest class we’ve ever had on this campus, but we also launched one of the most diverse. I’m proud to say that we started this class with a 50/50 split of men and women.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of The Iron Yard, and our team has worked hard to ensure everyone can feel safe and comfortable with us. Not only do we feel our students’ unique qualities should be celebrated, we know that building a diverse classroom allows for a more robust learning experience. By filling our classes with students of different backgrounds (including work experience, race, age and gender just to name a few), all students have the opportunity to see things from a new perspective.

We didn’t always have this split, though. In our first five classes combined, we only saw 11 women come through our program. Instead of letting that discourage us, our team worked harder to make sure we were creating an opportunity for all aspiring engineers.

As we closed enrollment for this winter cohort, it was important for me to look at how we got to this point. After some thoughtful reflection (and a bit of data-digging), I compiled a list of things that I believe led to an increase in enrollment of women (spoiler alert: we didn’t do it alone).

Continue reading Emily’s article on TechPoint.org

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