Google partners with Howard University to teach black coders

By launching a new recruitment program, Dubbed as Howard West, Google is promoting diversity in Silicon Valley. They recruit students from a historically black university.

Partnered with Howard University, a historic black university in Washington DC, Google launched a three-month summer programme open to talented juniors and seniors studying computer science.

Talking about the process of the selection, Google said that they would select 25 to 30 students for the residency and will be taught by senior Google engineers. No extra tuition fee will be charged from the students. They will be given housing support and living stipends.

Google said that it is also planning to expand the programme to other historically black colleges.

“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,” Howard University President, Wayne Frederick, said in a statement.

“We envisioned this programme 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,” he added.

Google’s workplace diversity still has a long way to go.

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