Carolina (Code2College Class of 2019) presents her team’s technical project at the 3rd Annual Code2College Demo Day

Code2College is driving the change that the Tech ecosystem is clamoring for

Whether you’re a hiring manager or a layperson listening to the news, you’re probably aware of how competitive the labor market is right now. …


Moustapha Toure (Code2College ’19) during his High School Software Engineering Internship at Kendra Scott

In Summer 2022, Code2College (https://www.code2college.org) will see its first high school program alumna graduate from college and enter a full-time Software Engineering role with our longstanding corporate partner, Indeed. …


In 2016, I launched Code2College — an Austin-based nonprofit focused on equipping mostly Black and brown high school students with coding and professional skills, and placing them into paid, summer internships ahead of entering STEM careers after college — with a $100 deposit in our newly-opened small business bank account…


A few days ago I posted on my socials about Leigh Anne Tuohy and an article written about a particular instance of her White Savior ways. Towards the end of my post, I shared that I would probably write a piece about White Saviorism in philanthropy.

There was a lot…


Over a year ago, I saw the launch of something called the Startup Diversity & Inclusion Pledge.

Wow, I thought. Another pledge.

Recently, I posted an article about funding majority black-owned and founded nonprofits and businesses as I started to see the surge in support of black-run organizations wane. I…


I co-founded and am the Executive Director of a nonprofit called Code2College. As a black Founder and nonprofit leader, raising capital is harder. Just to be clear, I’m not saying it’s hard. Raising capital is and should be a rigorous process. I’m saying that as a black male Founder and…


I recently wrote an open letter to Tech CEOs and other Senior Leaders who have been hashtagging #BlackLivesMatter, posting about injustice and virtue signalling.

This post isn’t for them.

This post is for the professionals working in technical roles and for Tech companies (also, to be clear, every company is…


I didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth.

My family hails from Jamaica and I grew up in New York. The first time I heard the word ‘Juneteenth’ was probably four years ago after I had already moved to the Austin area.

While Juneteenth is an official state holiday in Texas and…


The 2020 Diversity in STEM Report // “Tell me” vs. “I’ll tell you” partners

Over the past four years of operating Code2College, I’ve had companies fall into one of two camps: the “tell me” and “I’ll tell you” camps.

First, let me provide some context. Code2College is a nonprofit that…


Time’s up.

The slow, grinding wheels of progressive progress have reached a deafening pitch and time’s up.

This past Saturday evening, Code2College hosted its inaugural Inclusion, Diversity & Equity in Action (IDEA) Awards via Zoom. The Code2College IDEA Awards event was focused on recognizing and celebrating the volunteers and partners…

Matt Stephenson

Black. Educator. Father. Executive Director & Co-Founder of Code2College.

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