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Howard University and Google Partner Up to Launch “Howard West”

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Google has partnered up with Howard University to promote diversity and prepare future leaders in the STEM industry. African Americans and women have always been discouraged from working in STEM and the mission of the tech giant and the HBCU is to change that.

Today, Howard University released a statement about their partnership with Google to take black tech and black excellence to the next level with the launch of Howard West. This will be a three-month summer program that will provide juniors and seniors in the university’s computer science program with one of a kind opportunities to complete a residency at Google’s Mountain View Campus. The experience includes a workspace and stipend to cover housing and other expenses.

“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,” says Dr. Wayne Frederick, President of Howard University. “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.”

Google recognizes and pays homage to the strength and potential in the HBCU community knowing that this is the perfect partnership for such a program.

“During my time at Howard, I worked side-by-side with future lawyers, doctors, writers, entertainers, architects and business leaders. The spirit of total possibility put me on my path to Harvard Business School and ultimately Google. Howard West will continue Howard’s tradition of providing unprecedented access to opportunity, only now with a presence in the heart of Silicon Valley,” says Bonita Stewart, Google’s Vice President of Global Partnerships.

Moving forward, Google wants to expand the program to other historically black colleges and universities. Google is making it a part of their mission to build bridges for people of color to have lucrative careers in the tech industry. Howard West will reach the complete tech ecosystem. The program is set to register 740 students within the next five years. Every student will get 12 graduation credits through an immersion curriculum. Many students who work with Google in undergrad have secured jobs and internships with the company and many other major companies in tech.

“For us, it is an opportunity to ensure that we are building a pipeline and more importantly, stimulating the right partnerships to drive change,” Ms. Stewart added.

The Googler-in-Residence (GIR) Program, which was launched in 2013, has also partnered with Hampton University, Fisk University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Xavier University and Dillard University.

Major respect to Google for keeping black tech excellence alive and moving forward!


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