African Americans represent only two percent of the professionals working in computer occupations. Many policy makers and researchers argue that the educational pipeline is the major impediment to hiring a more diverse workforce. In this chapter we review literature and use findings from our prior research to inform a discussion about the issue and challenges faced by African American male undergraduates enrolled in technology majors at HBCUs. Our work also highlights the unique role that HBCUs can play in broadening the educational pipeline through corporate partnerships and community outreach. We offer recommendations for attracting African American men to information technology, supporting them as they pursue undergraduate degrees, and providing professional development opportunities that foster successful careers in information technology. We conclude with a discussion of research trends to further understand the issue of under representation, and innovative strategies that HBCU s can adopt to broaden the participation of African American men in information technology.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Setting a New Agenda for Student Engagement and Retention in Historically Black Colleges and Universities|
|Number of pages||17|
|ISBN (Print)||1522503080, 9781522503088|
|State||Published - Jun 27 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)