Dr. Allison Scott

She/Her/Hers | Chief Executive Officer
Allison Scott, PhD led a research team aiming to enhance diversity in the tech ecosystem through: (a) conducting landscape studies and research on interventions within educational settings and the technology workplace, and (b) disseminating effective research-based strategies, resources, and practices across the tech ecosystem.

Dr. Scott was previously the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), overseeing a research agenda examining barriers to the pursuit and completion of degrees and employment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented populations. Her research examined the influence of perceived barriers and stereotypes in the sciences, the double-bind facing women of color, and the effectiveness of research-based interventions in improving STEM outcomes for underrepresented groups. In addition, Dr. Scott led the longitudinal evaluation of LPFl's pre-college STEM intervention programs and is Principal Investigator for an NSF CE21 grant to increase access, success, and preparation in computer science for underrepresented students in California. In just 2 years, this project has demonstrated significant increases in the numbers of underrepresented students of color and girls completing computer science courses, taking the AP CS exam, and intending to major in CS in college.

Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in School Psychology, from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hampton University. Allison enjoys traveling, jogging, and drinking Diet Cokes. 

Understanding the Lack of Diversity in Tech

This module introduces The Leaky Tech Pipeline Framework to explain why it's difficult for many people of color and women to enter and succeed in the tech industry. This framework explains a complex set of structural and social/psychological barriers, or “leaks” that occur in pre-K-12 grade, higher education, the workplace, and entrepreneurship. The Leaky Tech Pipeline is grounded in social science research, data, and the experiences and insights of tech professionals

Course 1: DEIB Foundational Knowledge
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