CMD-IT is the national Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology that is focused on the following under-represented groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities. The center is comprised of corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits.
Our vision is to contribute to the national need for an effective workforce in computing and IT through synergistic activities related to minorities and people with disabilities.
Our mission is to ensure that under-represented groups are fully engaged in computing and information technologies, and to promote innovation that enriches, enhances, and enables these communities, such that more equitable and sustainable contributions are possible by all communities.
Why do we need more cultural diversity in computing and IT?
Cultural diversity in our workforce is not only important for nurturing a more inclusive society; it is crucial to the creative innovation process that drives our economy. Numbers alone are not sufficient; we should strive to make the benefits of IT available to all communities, including communities who might otherwise not receive them. Fortunately these two goals work hand in hand; innovative use of IT for under-represented communities inspires students to go into computing, and greater cultural diversity in the IT workforce provides more innovation.
The current goals of CMD-IT are to:
- Provide a united voice, spoken by many, that identifies the major issues facing African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities in IT.
- Provide a resource for information and statistics related to programs, organizations, and alliances focused on African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities in Computing and Information Technology.
- Provide leadership initiatives that promote leadership among students, faculty, and professionals from the under-represented groups.
- Facilitate national-scale projects that involve collaborations between established programs and organizations, with measurable goals focused on engagement and enrichment.