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.
In a bid to promote diversity and create a structure to provide black students with better careers in the technology industry, Google has partnered with Howard University in Washington, D.C., to launch the Howard West Program, the company announced Thursday on its official blog. The tech giant unveiled the program that will see black software engineers from "historically black colleges and universities" studying at the Google campus at Silicon Valley. "When I joined Google a decade ago, there was hardly any discussion of diversity in tech. "Howard West" is now the centerpiece of Google's effort to recruit more black software engineers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities -- and to make them feel right at home here in Mountain View," Bonita Stewart, Google's vice president for global partnerships, said in the blog. The three-month program at the Google campus will be open to seniors and juniors enrolled for the computer science course at Howard.
Campus recruiting is a staple of hiring for tech companies, but the process feeds into the lack of diversity already plaguing the industry. Elite colleges have their own diversity problems. And when companies only recruit from elite schools the lack of diversity is magnified. That's what LinkedIn found when the professional network ditched campus recruiting in favor of regional recruitment events not limited to students at four-year colleges. "Our goal is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.
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