As Promised: An Accountability Update

By Amanda Richardson, CEO

Earlier this summer, as part of marking Juneteenth, I wrote about what our small but mighty company would do to be thoughtful, intentional and active in anti-racism efforts. We committed to sharing our progress, good and bad, on a quarterly basis.

Keeping that promise seems especially important now as our nation gets closer to a presidential election, deals with the fallout of a Supreme Court vacancy, tracks the fires raging on the West Coast, continues to wrangle with the pandemic and all the other events that are affecting our lives. But racism won’t be dismantled if people don’t take action - people like you, people like I’m blessed to work with at CoderPad, and people like me.

In June, we committed to making concerted efforts to be the change we want to see. Our original goals were aggressive, matching the passion we have for these issues. While we did not meet all of our goals exactly, we have made progress.

As we approach the end of 2020, we are trying to do things that stick, that lay the groundwork that shapes the culture of CoderPad. Among these efforts for Q4, we’re focusing on:

Extending an offer to at least one technical hire brought to us by YearOne Creating a vision statement for the company that clearly articulates our sincerity around developing a more inclusive, and less biased, technical hiring process

We’re sincere about putting the time, work and commitment to anti-racism in every way we can. We are focused on creating a more inclusive and diverse team, while building a product that is inclusive and reduces bias. I talk about it every week. On every level - individual, business, community, society as a whole - anti-racism work is the work not of a moment but of a lifetime. Will we get it wrong sometimes or move slower than we anticipated? Yes. And yet, the work will continue. We will continue. No matter what.