We’re proud to partner with Historically Black
Colleges and Universities to broaden access to higher
education and opportunities in tech. To that end,
we’re announcing a new $50 million unrestricted grant
to 10 HBCUs that will help them support scholarships,
invest in technology for classrooms, and develop
curriculum and career readiness. Each institution will
receive a one-time unrestricted financial grant of $5
million, providing institutions with the flexibility
to invest in their communities and the future
workforce as they see fit.
This commitment builds on our Pathways to Tech
initiative, which is designed to build equity for HBCU
computing education, help job seekers find tech roles,
and ensure that Black employees have growth
opportunities and feel included at work.
We’re continuing to expand our
CS First curriculum
to 7,000 more teachers who reach 100,000+ Black
students, scaling our
Applied Digital Skills
program to reach 400,000 Black middle and high school
students, and making a $1 million Google.org grant to
#ISeeMe campaign, to help teachers access materials to make their
classrooms more inclusive.
Beyond the classroom, we’ll grant 50 universities an
award for the 2020-2021 academic year to help attract
and retain underrepresented students in computer
science, and we’re also supporting
Black in AI
with $250,000 to help increase Black representation in
the field of AI.
These efforts build on our other
education initiatives, including CodeNext, focused on cultivating the next
generation of Black and Latinx tech leaders, and
TechExchange, which partners with historically Black
colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving
Institutions (HSIs) to bring students to Google’s
campus for four months to learn about topics from
product management to machine learning.
In addition, we also launched the Grow with Google
HBCU Career Readiness Program in partnership with the
Thurgood Marshall College Fund to help equip
Historically Black College and University students
with digital skills.