Jehron Petty is a mentor at heart, so when he saw an opportunity to help his fellow computer science classmates, he couldn’t pass it up.
ColorStack, is a nonprofit that runs community building, academic support, and career development programs for Black and Latinx college computer science students across the country.
ColorStack was born from Petty’s desire to make sure more minority computer science students gain the support and tools they need to succeed in the field.
“I was a computer science student, and I was doing well for myself, but I realized that I was sort of an anomaly in the ecosystem,” Petty told Lifewire in a phone interview. “My peers who were Black and brown weren’t doing as well in the classroom, so I focused on solving that problem.”