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Is Google's Tech Exchange Program Living Up To The Dream? HBCU Students Don't Think So

Google’s Tech Exchange program made many promises to invest in more Black engineers, but has the big tech company been delivering on them? Not quite, and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students and faculty who have been a part of the program have stepped forward to express their disappointment. In the summer of 2017, Google teamed up with Howard University (HU) to launch Howard West, the first ideation of what the Google Tech Exchange program is today. Howard West started as an exchange program that allowed accepted HBCU computer science students to study at Google’s Mountain View campus for a semester. While Google promised to bring 700 HBCU students to its West Coast campus to participate in the Tech exchange program in the first five years, CNBC reported that the company is far behind that mark since less than 200 Black students have been welcomed to participate. While Google has been failing to reach the goals it set with this program, it seems like...

May 14, 2021

A Key Organizer Of Last Year's Mass Google Walkout Is Leaving The Company

Google’s Claire Stapleton — one of the key organizers of massive protests at the tech giant last year — has left after she says the company retaliated against her for leading a 20,000-person walkout in November . Stapleton announced in a Medium post that she is no longer with the company. “I made the choice after the heads of my department branded me with a kind of scarlet letter that makes it difficult to do my job or find another one,” Stapleton said in her post. “If I stayed, I didn’t just worry that there’d be more public flogging, shunning, and stress, I expected it.” Although the protest led to major policy changes at Google, Stapleton claims she and other organizers were targeted and retaliated against in the months that followed. Stapleton originally alleged that her managers retailed against her in April after she and another protest organizer, Meredith Whittaker, were demoted. Stapleton claims that her boss began ignoring her, gave her work given to other people, and...

Jun 10, 2019

After Multiple Protests, Google Is Updating How It Handles Employee Misconduct Reports

Google has had its fair share of workplace drama following a 20,000- employee walkout in November. Since then, the company has rolled out new policies and initiatives to help its employees feel more comfortable in reporting issues and concerns. Today, the company announced that even more changes are on the way. “The commitments we made in November aren’t just about changing policies or launching new programs,” Google’s Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Melonie Parker said in a blog post . “We want every Googler to walk into a workplace filled with dignity and respect.” The company is revamping how employees can report misconduct by building out a new platform for people to voice issues. The company is also developing a separate website for temp and contract workers. The company will also let employees bring colleagues to harassment and discrimination investigations for emotional support. The updates come after months of employees pushing for more racial and gender...

Apr 26, 2019

Google Ends Forced Arbitration Policy. Meaning Employees Can Now Take The Company To Court

Google will no longer stop its employees from taking the tech giant to court, which puts an end to its forced arbitration practices. The new rule kicks in on March 21; however, the rules will not apply to contractors, vendors and temps, who make up about half of the company’s workforce. Nearly 20,000 Google employees walked out of work in November to protest Google and other companies’ force arbitration rules along with a list of other grievances. Google responded by ending force arbitration on sexual harassment and discrimination cases, but is now ending the rule for all cases. The protest also encouraged other major tech companies like Facebook, Airbnb and Square to end force arbitration in November. Google’s latest leap may be a big win for full-time employees, but that may not be the case for contractors and temps. As Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary points out , most temp workers are employed by third parties and not by Google itself. This portion of their workforce not being included...

Feb 22, 2019