The White House announced today new and expanded plans to improve diversity and inclusion within the startup economy, focused on higher education, investment and entrepreneurship. The diversity commitments made by schools, venture capital firms and tech companies represent a passing of the torch from the Obama administration to the private sector, which has been asked to take on the challenge of improving representation across the pipeline.
The American Society for Engineering Education is developing diversity and inclusion best practices for more than 200 member universities, and those schools have signed a pledge to foster diversity in their engineering programs. A coalition of more than 30 investment firms and accelerators has pledged to diversify access to capital, and to track and share data about the diversity of its portfolios. And 46 tech companies — including Xerox and TaskRabbit — have joined the Tech Inclusion Pledge, agreeing to publish recruitment goals and diversity metrics.
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