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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...

Michelai Graham

May 14, 2021

Google Engineers Are Inspiring Girls To Code With A New Children's Book

“Engineers are boys.” That’s what Komal Singh, program manager in engineering at Google, remembers her four-year-old daughter telling her before deciding to write a children’s book about a girl who loves STEM. Men make up 75 percent of the STEM workforce. Now Singh is encouraging girls — specifically girls of color, to dive into the fields of STEM with her new book and passion project Ara the Star Engineer. Singh partnered with other women in Google to write and develop the new book. The senior director of technical program management, Kripa Krishnan; the engineering director, Parisa Tabriz; Google fellow, Diane Tang; and the vice president, Marian Croak–are all featured in and helped Komal author the book. Ipek Konak also assisted by working on illustrations. Photo: Komal Singh Singh said she wants her books to trigger curiosity in STEM for children and for kids to become more comfortable using terms such as “algorithm” and “troubleshooting.” “I want them to see women engineering...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 24, 2018