Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2019

Grading Professor

Greg David

Subject Concentration

Spanish Language

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Organizations like Techqueria, which seek to improve the odds of Latinx in the tech labor market, have been popping up since 2014 among minorities and other marginalized social groups, with names like LGTBQ in Tech, Blacks in Technology, Latinas in Tech and Lesbians Who Tech. They’re free, fluid and informal, with members constantly exchanging information and support. While they offer many opportunities for face-to-face gatherings, they are powered by social media.

Some of these collective efforts are no more than Slack workspaces. Others cross multiple platforms or even have web pages. Some have even incorporated. But all have the same goal: to make inroads into an industry where their members are grossly underrepresented.

Techqueria’s rapid growth shows that even though systemic barriers continue, there’s still room for agency and for the empowerment of minorities in tech careers. It also hints that a window of opportunity is opening through collective action, even if just a crack.

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