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Google Creates Training Space On Silicon Valley Campus For Howard University Students

Google Creates Training Space On Silicon Valley Campus For Howard University StudentsGoogle Creates Training Space On Silicon Valley Campus For Howard University Students

T he tech industry has come under an avalanche of criticism in recent years over its lack of racial and gender diversity.

To help bring more African-American computer scientists into its workforce, Google announced on Thursday plans to open “Howard West” on it Mountain View, California campus to train Howard University students, USA Today reports.

This summer, between 25 to 30 of the historically Black university’s junior and senior computer science majors will surround themselves in technology training and culture at Google. Senior Google engineers and Howard faculty will instruct the students in coding and other advanced technology for course credit.

A statement from Google explained that Howard West is an outgrowth of the company’s strategy to recruit more software engineers from HBCUs. African-American computer scientists account for about 1 percent of its workforce.

The tech giant already has a hand in training Howard University students at the school’s campus in the District of Columbia through its Google in Residence (GIR) program, in which Google engineers are embedded as Howard University faculty.

“Through GIR we’ve learned a lot about the hurdles Black students face in acquiring full-time work in the tech industry,” said Bonita Stewart , a Google vice president and Howard graduate. She added that Howard West answers many of the challenges the students face, including a lack of exposure and mentors.

Howard University President  Wayne Frederick said he looks forward to seeing more Howard and other HBCU students, as well as underrepresented minorities working in the tech industry and launching tech start-ups, according to USA Today. He added: “Exposure to that environment early will pay dividends on the back end.”

Ultimately, the company plans to expand its reach to other HBCUs, which together account for more than a third of Black students earning computer science degrees.

SOURCE:   USA Today

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T he nightmare continues for a 15-year-old Chicago girl who police say was apparently sexually assaulted in an attack streamed live on Facebook.

Her mother said on Wednesday that people have sent online threats to her daughter, and kids in their neighborhood have been joking about the assault and harassing their family, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

“This is just disturbing and to think the kids think it is funny,” the mother told the Associated Press .

The mother learned about the attack from her daughter’s friends who saw the video, viewed on Facebook by at least 40 people who failed to notify the police. She believes the sexual assault, involving about six males, happened on Sunday when her daughter was missing.

After filing a missing person report, the mother spotted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday as he was leaving the 10th district headquarters and showed him a screengrab of the live broadcast, CNN reports.

The teenager, who has not been identified for privacy and security concerns, was reunited on Tuesday with her mother. Afraid to return home, the girl is staying with relatives.

On Wednesday, the police said in a statement that they have not arrested anyone, but they’re “making good progress” toward identifying the suspects, some of whom may be juveniles. Authorities said they are “aware of the social media communications and visits to the family’s home” from people the mother identified as children from the neighborhood ringing their door bell.

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