Federal Policy Agenda

Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice

The technology industry is committed to promoting an inclusive workforce and nation that reflects the diversity of our customers and people.  To ensure that our economy remains robust and innovative, we support education, workforce development, and immigration policies that empower the best and brightest people to continue making important contributions to our nation and communities.  TechNet opposes all forms of discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

·      TechNet supports the Black Lives Matter movement and stands in solidarity with Black Americans and peaceful protestors working to focus attention on the issue of systemic racism and inequities.

·      TechNet believes Congress and the Administration should work together to craft a bipartisan, comprehensive policing reform bill to address systemic racism and inequities in the administration of justice nationwide.  

·      TechNet urges Congress to work together with the private sector to remove institutional barriers to opportunity and move more swiftly toward full equality in our civic life and in our economy for all Americans.

·      TechNet strongly condemns language ascribing race, ethnicity, or other cultural or national identifiers to public health issues and matters of science and medicine.

·      TechNet believes systemic inequities exist in virtually every aspect of American society, and that statistics illustrate that people of color are more likely to be adversely or disproportionately impacted by federal policies.  The federal government’s initial COVID-19 response is but one example.  TechNet supports both private sector and public policy solutions that help close race-based opportunity gaps beginning with six key areas: education, employment, health, finance, housing, and the administration of justice.  Systemic inequalities in these six areas perpetuate broader inequalities in our society, hold back individual and business success, undermine family stability, and hinder economic growth.

·      TechNet applauds the 2020 Supreme Court decision ruling on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against LGTBQ+ workers, and urges Congress to pass legislation achieving full equality under the law for LGBTQ+ Americans.

·      TechNet opposes executive actions to remove non-discrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act, which would be irresponsible under any circumstances, but especially during a pandemic, not only for LGBTQ+ employees, but for their family members as well.  

·       TechNet supports promoting a highly qualified, more diverse workforce by ensuring historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), predominantly Black institutions (PBIs), Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs), and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have the appropriate federal support to offer their students sufficient opportunities in science, technology, education, and math or STEM disciplines.  TechNet also believes the private sector has an important role to play in both supporting and focusing their recruitment efforts on these institutions.

·       TechNet supports policies and programs that focus on engaging and providing opportunities for female and minority students and workers in STEM and computer science.  

·        TechNet encourages the National Science Foundation to more equitably allocate funding for research with a focus on early childhood and to support research on the factors that encourage or discourage girls to engage in STEM activities, including computer science.  TechNet also supports increased funding for programs that help girls learn computer science.

·       TechNet supports legislation that improves corporate governance by increasing transparency of the racial, ethnic, and gender composition of their boards of directors, nominees for the boards of directors, and executive officers.  TechNet also supports the public disclosure of any plan to promote racial, ethnic, and gender diversity among these groups.

·       TechNet supports diversity and sensitivity training throughout the American workforce and opposes executive orders that make federal contracting contingent upon ceasing those efforts.

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