Efforts to diversify Silicon Valley lead Google to pair engineers with minority students.
Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course.
First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m. if that’s what it took to see everyone, and had an additional title: Google In Residence.
“It was an awesome class,” said Alanna who has already chosen her major at the Washington D.C.-based university: computer science.
In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley’s tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise on curriculum.
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