Mercedes Robinson

the visionary founder behind TEquity in Action, witnessed firsthand the sharp disparities in access to technology and educational resources as an educator in New York City public schools during the pandemic. "I saw clearly who was considered and who was left behind. This sparked a mission within me—to normalize tech education for every child, addressing the inequities that the pandemic sharply highlighted." With her extensive background in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and her time teaching, she was driven to bridge the tech industry's divide for students of color.

The Vision

Fueled by her passion for educational equity, Mercedes founded TEquity in Action on the vision of creating a world where every student, regardless of their background, has the chance to engage in tech education and access leadership and innovation opportunities in the tech industry. She recognized the glaring diversity gaps in the tech sector, and in the face of the significant underrepresentation of students of color, the essence of TEquity took shape.

From Vision to Reality

In 2023, Mercedes, alongside a small, devoted team, established TEquity in Action. They set out to create programs empowering students of color with the tech skills and resources necessary to navigate and excel in the digital age. With her firsthand experience witnessing educational disparities and her expertise in DEI, Mercedes was uniquely positioned to lead this mission.

Why Tech Inclusion Matters

At TEquity, diversity in technology transcends mere social justice—it’s a driver for innovation. By dismantling barriers and obstacles and opening doors, we focus on changing individual lives while reshaping the tech industry for the better.


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