Embrace – a new specialist group for racial diversity was launched this month by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to support IT professionals from ethnic minorities and to advise BCS on diversity matters.

Nzube Ufodike, the new group’s chair, said: “We are very pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of Embrace and are looking forward to delivering a full programme of work over the following year around racial diversity and inclusion.

“We believe that IT should be promoted as a great sector to work in – one which welcomes everyone – regardless of their background, ethnicity or gender. There is a long way to go before there is greater diversity in the IT sector and much more needs to be done to encourage people from groups that are currently underrepresented to take up a career in this sector,” he said.

“The launch of Embrace will be a step in the right direction, and we hope to make a positive impact on the sector. IT is crucial to the economy and needs to be fully representative of all communities in order to truly serve society. This is vital for the development of new technology like AI where bias can creep in. We know that there is a significant skills shortage in the IT sector, and this can be addressed by making the IT profession attractive and accessible to all.”

Embrace is open to all BCS members and anyone with an interest in diversity can join the group. For more information on how you can support the group contact: embrace@bcs.uk