Hello! My name is Alex Williams and I have recently joined LaunchSource as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative Coordinator. I am super excited to start this journey and begin working with the team.
Let me give you a little background on myself, I am currently a full-time student attending The University of Alabama, studying Management and Marketing. During my time at UA, I have had the pleasure of being involved with various different organizations on campus, one of which being my fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. In the spring of 2019, I founded my own student organization that focuses on LGBTQ individuals of color at the university. It’s an accomplishment I’m extremely proud of and is near and dear to my heart.
What does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean to you?
Being a young woman who happens to be Black, Queer, and unapologetically me, you can probably guess I haven’t always had the most support or welcoming experiences. My DEI journey started with what I saw my community lacked. It started within myself and wanting to provide the next generation as well as my own with more than what I was given. DEI to me, means sharing a space or experience with people from different backgrounds in a way that makes everyone feel heard and seen. It’s more than black and white, it’s about fostering a community in which you look around and see people of all different kinds, but still feel at home.
What are you most excited to be working with LaunchSource on?
What originally got me excited about joining LaunchSource was learning about the upcoming BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) Women’s Initiative, which will be an initiative to bring on minority women and help them break into the male dominated field of tech as a career, offering mentoring and I’ll be working closely with the team to kickstart the program and it’s something I’m really looking forward to, being a Black woman myself and knowing how hard it can be for us to break into certain fields. It is imperative that we have roles such as mine to ensure companies are having the important and difficult conversations that need to be had within the workforce and to move us closer to a more inclusive world all around.
In addition to the BIPOC Women’s Initiative, I’ll also be responsible for creating content and articles (like this one!) for our various platforms. I am extremely passionate about all things DEI related so this position for me is more than just gaining experience for the future, it’s helping to shape the future and make a difference in the world of tech! I couldn’t be more excited to come aboard to help the team reach all their goals within DEI!