The Historically Black University Howard University is continuing their tradition of pushing black excellence forward. The university just announced the opening of “Howard West” on its campus in Mountain View, California. Howard West is a collaborative effort between the university and Google to promote Google’s effort to recruit more Black software engineers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In a statement, Bonnie Stewart, Vice President of Global Partnership at Goggle and a Howard University alumna said,
“When I joined Google a decade ago, there was hardly any discussion of diversity in tech. This was long before we published our diversity numbers or understood how important it was for our workforce to reflect the diversity of our users.”
HBCUs have been a pillar of the computer science education community, producing more than a third of all Black computer science graduates in the U.S. Google already has a strong partnership with Howard through their Google in Residence program that embeds Google engineers as faculty at Howard and other HBCUs.
“Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready Black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global technology space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us. We envisioned this program with bold outcomes in mind – to advance a strategy that leverages Howard’s high quality faculty and Google’s expertise, while also rallying the tech industry and other thought leaders around the importance of diversity in business and the communities they serve,” said Howard University’s President Dr. Wayne Frederick.
Rising juniors and seniors in Howard’s computer science program can attend Howard West, a dedicated space at Google, for three months at a time. Senior Google engineers and Howard faculty will serve as instructors. The program kicks off this summer and they have plans to accommodate students from other HBCUs in the near future.