Howard University and Google Expand Successful Computer Science Residency To Include Additional HBCUs

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“The Tech Exchange program has a lot of opportunity to increase the number of black and brown leaders in tech. I can already see a difference even in the first set of students who went through Howard West last summer.” - President Wayne A. I. Frederick

Howard Google Tech ExchangeWASHINGTON -- The successful partnership between Howard University and Google, formerly known as Howard West, today officially expands to include students from additional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) along with Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Now known as Tech Exchange, the program will cover the full academic year, supporting 65 rising juniors and seniors, and five faculty members from 11 institutions: Howard, Florida A&M University, California State University – Dominguez Hills, Morgan State University, New Mexico State University, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University, Dillard University, University of Texas – El Paso, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, and Spelman College.

The expansion comes after a successful three-month pilot program with Howard University students was completed during the Summer of 2017 at Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters. The residency includes a dedicated workspace on Google’s Mountain View campus, a generous stipend to cover housing and other expenses, and full access to Google resources, from gyms to micro-kitchens to the eponymous Gbikes.

“The Tech Exchange program has a lot of opportunity to increase the number of black and brown leaders in tech. I can already see a difference even in the first set of students who went through Howard West last summer,” says President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “As I interacted with them…the confidence that they gained from that experience was incredible! I think that, in and of itself, is going to be a huge calling card for these students in the future. They’ve learned how to lead and how to take risks that will put them in leadership positions. This program is going to have a huge impact in terms of how we groom leaders, recognizing that getting them in the professional setting early, reducing their apprehensions, is going to be crucial.”

In the pilot, 26 students participated in courses taught by Howard University faculty with the added bonus of a Google engineer as adjunct professor to simulate practical, real-world engineering challenges. Class subjects included Fundamentals of Algorithms, Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Technical Interview Prep and Intro to Mobile Applications. Upon completion of the pilot program, 14 rising Juniors applied for internships and four received offers. 

Google Student PanelBonita Stewart, Google VP of Global Partnershipsand Howard University alumna, expressed her thrill for the program saying, “The results speak for themselves. 100% of the students enjoyed the Howard West pilot and found it worth their participation. These positive results cemented an opportunity for us to expand the program by creating space for more Black and Latinx CS students and more schools with a year round offering. Tech Exchange is a natural evolution that we didn't ponder instead it was a validation to move even faster to expand.”

“The institutions sending students to Google this year share our commitment to making computer science education accessible and available to everyone,” said Danielle Brown, Google VP of Employee Engagement and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, in a blog post released by Google. “This internship goes beyond the books-students will get to know other Googlers from different product areas to get a glimpse of what their futures could hold.”

Tech Exchange and Howard West mark three collaborations between the two institutions. The first, Google in Residence (GIR), is a program that embeds Google engineers as faculty at Howard and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and has been going strong for more than four years. Howard West was a natural and logical next step, bridging the geographical, academic and cultural divide between declaring a major in Computer Science, graduating and landing a job in tech. The expansion of the program further support Google’s mission to build a diverse company that reflects the people who use its products.

The 29 Howard University students participating in the Tech Exchange Program include:

Biswash Adhikari; Peace Aku; Jeff Beauplan; Cicely Beckford; Kiara Bowen; Michelle Brown; Shumba Brown; Anita Calmday; Daniel Erhabor; Ruel Gordon; Skylar Grammas; Aayush Gupta; Matthew King; Zaykha Kyaw San; LeAnn Lewis; Henchhing Limbu; Sean Mills; Maya Nichols; Kaleshwar Singh; Bijesh Subedi; Kishor Subedi; Mahia Tasneem; Shaunelle Thomas; Victoria Velazquez; Candace Williams; Kode Williams; Anurag Yadav; Afeeni Phillips; and Taylor Roper.

The Howard University professors that will teach the courses alongside Google staff are Legand Burge, Ph.D.; Olumide Malomo, Ph.D.; and Ebel Nwafor, Ph.D. 

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Media inquiries contact: Alonda Thomas, Howard University, alonda.thomas@howard.edu 

 

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

 

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