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Ellucian Partners With Out in Tech for LGBTQ Tech Talent

The partnership between the software company Ellucian and the nonprofit Out in Tech aims to increase representation of LGBTQ+ professionals in the tech sector, as well as share best practices for inclusive workplaces.

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The ed-tech company Ellucian is working with the nonprofit Out in Tech in an effort to bring more LGBTQ+ tech professionals into the industry and build a more diverse and equitable workplace.

According to a news release this week, the partnership will forge a closer relationship between Ellucian and Out in Tech’s network of over 45,000 LGBTQ+ tech professionals across executive and entry-level positions. For Ellucian, the group will be a source of hiring as well as networking opportunities with industry leaders through roundtable discussions, mentorship programs, speaker series and career-development initiatives.

The announcement described Out in Tech as a "prominent community" of LGBTQ+ tech professionals and advocates since its founding in 2013, adding that the organization has members across 32 cities and five countries.

"At Ellucian, our culture is one of our superpowers, and we are proud to work with such a well-respected organization that shares our values and commitment to building a more inclusive and diverse workplace," Gregory Giangrande, a spokesman for Ellucian, said in a public statement. "Our partnership with Out in Tech is a significant step in our ongoing efforts to be more intentional around creating community for LGBTQ+ tech professionals."

According to the announcement, the Out in Tech employee resource group (ERG) will also share best practices with Ellucian's Prism ERG for an LGBTQ-friendly workplace to create an inclusive work environment.

"When it comes to diversity in tech, 70 minds are better than one," Out in Tech's Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal said in a public statement. "By weaving together the collective experiences of our founding members, we will shine a light on what's working, push the envelope with new ideas, and create more equitable and inclusive workplaces for all underrepresented groups."