Google Expands Google West Program for Students from HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions
Google has welcomed 65 rising juniors and five faculty members from 11 HBCUs and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) as a part of their historic Tech Exchange Program. The yearlong residency includes 15 course credit hours. The courses are offered by leading professors and Google engineers. Throughout the year, students will take a selection of applied computer science courses, including machine learning, product management, computational theory, and database systems. Tech Exchange was inspired by a successful ongoing partnership between Howard University and Google, titled “Howard West.” This year, Google has extended its tech community to FAMU, California State University-Dominguez Hills, Morgan State University, New Mexico State University, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University, Dillard University, the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Spelman College. The tech industry continues to be overwhelmingly white and male, which will present challenges for attracting an innovative workforce. A 2017 research report by the Institute for Public Relations revealed that 47% of millennials want to work at diverse companies. Danielle Brown, VP of Employee Engagement and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Google, said that Tech Exchange is a component of Google’s commitment to building a more diverse Google -- one that reflects the people who use its products. “That’s why, as part of our strategy to do so, we are continuing to hire and invest in young Black and Latinx talent,” Brown said. More here.