Denver business leaders say to start early to recruit more Latinos

Denver business leaders say to start early to recruit more Latinos

Latinos make up 17% of all workers in all occupations, according to Pew Research, but when it comes to positions in science, technology, engineering and math, they represent just 8% of STEM workers.

Send the news: The discrepancy was the subject of an all-Latino panel on Thursday during Denver Startup Week, which this year focused on underrepresented groups.

  • Among the panelists were executives who agreed that one way the industry can improve its recruitment and hiring process is by ensuring that young people are aware of opportunities while they are still in elementary school.
  • Tim Stevens-Armijo, director of Amazon Web Services, said that big tech companies aren’t doing their job well enough to let young people know that there are job openings in their companies.

What they say: “We need role models who show that there is no need to fear, that there is room for all of us,” said Juan Torres, associate lab director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, who highlighted mentorship as another way. companies can help direct Latinos toward STEM industries.

Susie Lira-Gonzalez, co-founder of Denver-based INDX, a company she described as “Pinterest for learning,” said tech companies interested in recruiting Latino talent should invest in companies they founded. , including startups.

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