Together, we learn and grow
As an organization committed to diversity and inclusion, we’re asked to be open to learning our own biases and changing our behavior. We gladly share our learning resources so that others can create inclusive environments where all people feel valued, heard and included.
eLesson: Unconscious Bias
We’re pleased to share the same unconscious bias training we provide our employees on this important topic. This online course will help you understand unconscious bias, counter it, and support a diverse and inclusive culture where people are empowered to contribute fully. (On Windows 8.1 and 10, this course functions best on Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and recent versions of Chrome and Firefox. On Mac OS X, this course functions best in recent versions of Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. On Windows 7 and 8 and on Mac OS X, Internet Explorer 11, Safari, and Firefox require Flash to play course videos.)
Make it Real worksheet
To build an inclusive environment that respects and values differences, it is essential to look at our mindset and our behaviors. When we understand how biases influence our behavior, we can take action to create an inclusive culture – one where everyone can contribute, innovate, and provide solutions that customers love. Practicing and building inclusion takes effort. As with any new skill, it takes time and practice to increase our effectiveness. This worksheet will help you to start doing just that.
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 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.