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Google partners with Howard University to develop future black engineers

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Bonita Stewart, VP of Global Partnerships at Google, and Dr. Wayne Frederick, president of Howard University

On Thursday, Google announced a new program partnered with Howard University in an effort to recruit more young minds from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Howard has opened a campus at the Googleplex, called Howard West, “a physical space on campus where Howard students and Googlers can grow together,” and hopefully will encourage diversity in a field that sorely needs it.

In a press release, Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick said:

Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready Black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global technology space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us. We envisioned this program with bold outcomes in mind — to advance a strategy that leverages Howard’s high quality faculty and Google’s expertise, while also rallying the tech industry and other thought leaders around the importance of diversity in business and the communities they serve.

The move comes as Google and other tech industry giants are still working to find ways to bring diversity to Silicon Valley in an industry where diversity in hiring has not been the norm.

Bonita Stewart, Google’s Vice President of Global Partnerships tells theGrio that “students can expect an immersive academic and cultural experience at one of the most iconic companies in the world. Academically, they’ll acquire the skills necessary to excel on real-world projects, taught by the engineers who work on Google products and services every day.

The Howard graduate added, “Culturally, they’ll have a chance to experience daily life in Silicon Valley. On the flip side, we cannot wait to learn from our Howard West students and are excited to see the fresh creativity and innovation they bring to the table.”

Google hopes to expand the program to other HBCUs.

Dr. Frederick says there is “significant interest” on Howard’s campus in STEM and highlighted the importance of exposing students early on.

“We must influence students as early as possible. Howard University has a Middle School on campus focused on Math and Science where we have an opportunity to engage and drive the curiosity of students early,” he said. 

Stewart believes that Google’s partnership with Howard, and eventually other historically black colleges and universities, will bolster the number of black engineers in Silicon Valley, which is currently dismal at best.

“The tech industry will benefit from this partnership via the expansion of work-ready technologists. The project has the potential to infuse the ecosystem with talented Black software engineers while removing real and perceived barriers,” she said. 

“We cannot wait to learn from our Howard West students and are excited to see the fresh creativity and innovation they bring to the table.”

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Comment by Sam Jeda on March 26, 2017 at 4:32pm

Great, but let's wait and see..

Comment by Ab Gai on March 25, 2017 at 2:48pm
This surprisingly late of Google. I thought they would have had a partnership as far back as 8yrs ago. Howard is slipping. I'm surprised. We need to stop playing catch up. Doesn't Howard have regular career fairs?
Tech industry contains 2% minorities, who get less than 5% funding. And by 5% I really less than 1%. So it's not that we don't have people in tech, the problem is that companies like GOOGLE do NOT want to fund minority owned projects that actually have a chance of succeeding. But they'll just to fund the white boys' crappiest shittiest ideas by the 10s of millions, that usually fail within 6 months.
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