As America changes, the tech industry has been slow to keep up. Over half our children born today are minorities, and 1 in 4 have an immigrant parent. Yet Silicon Valley and the U.S. tech economy remain remarkably non-diverse. And that amounts to a lot of missed opportunities for all of us.
Code the Dream recognizes that young people from minority and immigrant backgrounds have great ideas and will play a huge part in our 21st century economy. Already immigrants are more than twice as likely to start their own business, and those businesses create over 25% of new jobs.
Can you imagine if more people with that drive knew how to code? Together we can make it happen.
Ramiro Rodriguez knows about the American Dream and he knows about coding. Originally from Mexico, Ramiro moved to the United States as a child and excelled in school. He majored in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Cornell and later returned for a Masters in Computer Science. Together with an amazing team of top-notch volunteer developers / mentors, he leads Code the Dream's teaching and project-based learning.
Dan Rearick coordinates Code the Dream and took his initial coding baby steps alongside the first Code the Dream participants. He has worked with low-income and immigrant communities in North Carolina since 2008. He is the Executive Director of Uniting NC and in 2013 was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change. Dan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.
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