Inclusion and bias
This course introduces unconscious bias, and how it affects the workplace and decisions we make. Throughout the modules, there will be opportunities to reflect and actively work on disrupting and proactively counteracting our bias. (Optimized for desktop use.)
Inclusion and covering
This course provides an introduction to covering, as developed by Kenji Yoshino. It discusses his theory of the four core types of covering demands and the practical steps each of us can take to address them. (Optimized for desktop use.)
Inclusion and allyship
This course provides an introduction to the concept of allyship. It offers practical suggestions to increase self-awareness about our own allyship journey and steps to become an ally to all and an adversary to none. (Optimized for desktop use.)
Inclusion and privilege
This course provides a foundational understanding of privilege. We’ll learn what privilege is, why it matters, how it connects with our identity, how it is shaped by systems of power, and how we can leverage it to support others. (Optimized for desktop use.)
A passion for tech starts early
Diversifying the STEM pipeline into colleges and universities starts with generating excitement for tech as early as possible. Through a range of initiatives and partnerships, we’re helping young people discover a passion for tech and envision a future filled with possibility.
Closing the gender gap
Our DigiGirlz program gives high school girls the chance to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops, learn about careers in technology, and connect with Microsoft employees. We also help girls grow their skills and love for technology through our support of Technolochicas, Black Girls Code, and Girls Who Code.
Cultivating young talent
The disAbility employee resource group awards a scholarship to a current high school senior living with a disability. Blacks at Microsoft (BAM), a company-wide ERG, awards two US $5000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors interested in pursuing tech careers. BAM also hosts the annual Minority Student Day encouraging students from underrepresented backgrounds to look at tech as a career. Students can find internship opportunities at Microsoft Internship Program (select “students and recent graduates”).
Enabling digital learning
We support Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), which enhances computer science education. We also support these organizations, which provide free access to technology tools and courses: Khan Academy, Kodu Game Lab, DreamSpark, and Small Basic.
Our partners share our mission
On a global, national and local level, we work with and support organizations that are working to advance diversity and inclusion in the tech industry—and in workplaces worldwide through research, benchmarking, program development and advocacy platforms.
Diversity takes us all further
We work to foster a diverse tech community wherever possible. A range of employee programs help advance inclusion, and we partner with suppliers who are committed to increasing diversity throughout their organizations.
Fueled by diverse perspectives
The different experiences and abilities of our employees drive our innovation and growth. We welcome new voices through programs like our Autism hiring program, our Microsoft Leap immersive apprenticeship for those with non-traditional backgrounds, and through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, which provides military service members and veterans with critical technology skills.
Networks of support help people of diverse backgrounds accelerate their career in technical roles. Diversity and Tech Community and TechRoots engage technology professionals of color. Codess and Women Think Next support women in coding and engineering. Microsoft for Startups provides entrepreneurs with access to technology as well as new community spaces that promote collaboration.
Using our scale for good
We focus resources on suppliers that share our interest in workforce inclusion and supporting employees and families. All our suppliers must provide paid parental leave, and we require our US suppliers to provide annual paid time off for employees doing significant work for Microsoft. Companies like ours are in a position to positively impact workers, and we hope other organizations will consider similar policies.