How it beganOne day, three friends got together and complained.
“Companies talk a lot about diversity, but they don’t walk the talk,” the first friend said. “How many more job/industry horror stories do we have to hear from other people of color before something changes?” the second friend sighed. The third friend quipped, “I wish there were a place that listed companies that are good for people of color to work at. I hate that all of our friends have had such terrible experiences.”
We are those three friends: Amélie Lamont, Catt Small and Jacky Alciné. Turning frustration into action, we bought some domains and created Good for PoC.
Our mission statement:
Good for PoC aims to ensure that people of color are treated fairly and given an equal footing in and outside of STEAM-focused companies. By creating a safe and inclusive community for people of color in STEAM, we will reduce the rate at which people of color leave these fields.
What we doGood for PoC has built a free, growing directory of diverse and inclusive companies that are looking to hire people of color in STEAM fields. In addition to the directory, we also host free events across the United States where people of color and allies can learn about getting and keeping careers in STEAM. We have plans for more initiatives in the future, all of which will help people of color to feel more included so they can produce their best work.
A shot from our first event! Photo credit: Zalyia Grillet
Examples of future plans include:
- Paying people of color in tech to write knowledge-sharing blog posts
- Hosting online career-focused events for people of color in tech
- Organizing job fairs and conferences
- Scholarships for marginalized people in tech to attend classes and/or conferences
- Sponsoring conferences
- Appearing at larger diversity-focused events outside New York City and San Francisco
- Creating guidelines for companies that want to become more inclusive
Who we areEach of the three people behind Good for PoC have been in tech roles for five to ten years. As three people of color who have experience with organizing diversity-focused events, we believe we are uniquely equipped to take on these tasks.
Amélie is a New York City-based product designer, writer and creative. She currently works at the New York Times and is the creator of the Guide to Allyship.
Catt is a Product Designer, game maker, and developer who enjoys creating interactive experiences and teaching people to code. She currently makes cool things at Etsy and is also a co-founder of Code Liberation, a 501(c)(3) that catalyzes the creation of digital games and creative technologies by women, nonbinary, femme, and girl-identifying people to diversify STEM fields.
Jacky is a young Black male from Brooklyn, New York in Oakland, California learning more about the world and now working to help make it way more secure for the people who live in it. He currently works at Lyft.
Why we need your helpGood for PoC's projects are all free. We could charge membership for access to the website and events, but that is against our mission. By becoming a monthly donor, you'll help us make tech a more inclusive place and get rewards, too!
Don't want to become a monthly patron? We accept one-time donations via PayPal.
Good for People of Color Inc. is a New York City-based Benefit Corporation.