Silicon Valley’s leading tech companies have long been stumped over how to diversify. Despite efforts to recruit and retain black and Latino engineers, the numbers haven’t budged much, if at all.
Google is trying a new tack. The company announced Thursday it is creating a college campus at its Mountain View headquarters that’s geared toward students at historically black colleges and universities.
The campus, called Howard West, will launch this summer in partnership with Howard University of Washington, D.C. About 25 to 30 rising Howard juniors and seniors majoring in computer science will qualify for the program’s first 12-week program, which will be taught by senior Google engineers and Howard faculty.
“Howard West will continue Howard’s tradition of providing historically unprecedented access to opportunity, only now with a 21st century twist: Literal real estate at the center of the digital economy,” Bonita Stewart, Google’s vice president of global partnerships, said in a statement.
Experts believe the partnership is the first of its kind within the tech industry. (San Francisco Chronicle)