Take Action for Equity

Trish Millines Dziko is a loving force, and she’s fiercely wise in skills like cultural fluency and helping others become woke to systemic inequality in our educational pathways in the US. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of Seattle’s Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a successful and sustained experiment in holistically providing STEM education for students of color all the way from Kindergarten through post-high-school internships at tech companies in the area. TAF has been changing lives for over 20 years with tens of thousands of students and graduation rates that are among the best out there. Trish has made a career of busting down closed doors, being the first diversity officer at Microsoft and the first to create a public/not-for-profit partnership school in Washington State. Her mission is to energize whole generations to become co-conspirators in a truly equitable, creative, and loving future. Trish so embodies her mission to give true access to people of color that, like me, I think you’ll leave our conversation here full of hope, practical wisdom, and a sense of having been initiated into what she calls “The Work.”

Show Notes

  • Learn more about the Technology Access Foundation
  • TAF Presents a new podcast: This Is The Work on Apple Podcasts
  • Treehouse is a program that strives for a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community
  • A beautiful feature on David D. Harris, who is Startup Advocate for the City of Seattle after a five-year tenure as the STEM Program Manager at TAF Academy.
  • Read about the Refugee Women’s Alliance
  • Subscribe to The Plug, the first daily tech newsletter covering founders and innovators of color
  • Horn of Africa Services, a peer org of TAF, is a nonprofit that serves the East African immigrant and refugee community in Seattle