We build collaborative relationships with public education to create access to transformative systems of learning for students and teachers of color to eliminate race-based disparities in an increasingly diverse society.
The system is broken.
We’re fixing it.
Technology Access Foundation (TAF) is a Seattle-based nonprofit leader redefining K-12 public education throughout Washington State for all students and teachers, particularly those who identify as a person of color and are from traditionally underserved communities.
The current public education system was not designed for everyone to succeed and simply doesn’t work.
We partner with public school districts, universities, community, and corporate partners to improve learning opportunities and academic achievement for underrepresented students. Likewise, we empower emerging teachers and education leaders of color within public education with professional development and a network of support. Through the lens of equity and by using STEM as a tool for social change, our 360-degree approach to public education provides an opportunity to undo systemic oppression and make education a place where everyone wins.
Committed to equity since 1996.
Equity is not just a pillar of our work, it is woven throughout our programs, organization, and the way we operate. While our programs may evolve to make a greater impact, our core mission to improve public education for students of color remains at the root of what we do.
In 1996, co-founders Trish Millines Dziko and Jill Hull Dziko opened TAF’s doors. Serving as TAF’s Executive Director, Trish left her 17-year career in the technology industry to start TAF in an effort to ensure students of color had access to the skills needed to compete in the growing technology scene. The first programs launched in 1997 were designed to prepare teenagers for tech-focused summer internships in programming, network engineering, web development, media production, and college preparation.
Recognizing the limitation of after-school programming, TAF built a five-year strategy in 2004 to reach as many students as possible by partnering with public school districts to offer support during school for students. In 2008, TAF Academy (now named TAF@Saghalie) became the only public school in Washington State to be co-managed by a nonprofit and a school district.
In 2014, TAF launched the STEMbyTAF School Transformation program to fully transform public schools with the STEMbyTAF model. In 2015, TAF was asked to take over the Martinez Fellowship Program which provides and supports multiple pathways to teaching, early career coaching, and ongoing professional development, in order to improve teacher diversity and the retention of teachers of color in Washington State.
Today, TAF is a thought leader and valuable asset to our students and teachers in the Washington State public school system and beyond. We impact over 24,000 diverse students and report a 95% on-time high school graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate. We are building capacity to scale our programs throughout the state to redefine public education by transforming entire classrooms within schools and supporting educators and administrators to create environments where all students can thrive.
TAF is led by a diverse group of individuals who are committed to improving the landscape of public education. With strong leadership, we have been able to forge partnerships with school districts, universities, companies, and the community to empower education leaders and help students succeed in STEM and beyond.