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Howard University is opening a campus at the Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California this summer so that the HBCU’s computer science students can have the opportunity to study and learn in Silicon Valley. They are going to call it Howard West.

Google announced today that Howard University will open a campus at the Googleplex in Mountain View in an article written by the company’s VP of Global Partnerships, Bonita Stewart (a graduate of Howard)

“Howard happens to be my alma mater, so I am especially proud to share that our formal recruiting from the university has evolved into a residency for Black CS majors right here at the Googleplex,” Stewart stated.  “‘Howard West’ is now the centerpiece of Google’s effort to recruit more Black software engineers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)—and to make them feel right at home here in Mountain View.”

According to the Google the plan is to start with Howard and then include students from other HBCUs in the future,

“Rising juniors and seniors in Howard’s computer science (CS) program can attend Howard West, for three months at a time. Senior Google engineers and Howard faculty will serve as instructors. The program kicks off this summer and we plan to scale it to accommodate students from other HBCUs in the near future.”

“HBCUs are a pillar in the CS education community, producing more than a third of all Black CS graduates in the U.S. Google already has a strong partnership with Howard through Google in Residence (GIR), a program that embeds Google engineers as faculty at Howard and other HBCUs. “

According to Google’s latest diversity report, Black employees make up only 2 percent of its workforce, compared with 59 percent for white and 32 percent Asian. With Howard West, they are attempting to remedy this.

“Through [Google in Residence] we’ve learned a lot about the hurdles Black students face in acquiring full-time work in the tech industry. The lack of exposure, access to mentors and role models are critical gaps that Howard West will solve. We’ve also heard that many CS students struggle to find the time to practice coding while juggling a full course load and part-time jobs. Left unchecked, systematic barriers lead to low engagement and enrollment in CS, low retention in CS programs and a lack of proximity and strong relationships between Silicon Valley, HBCUs and the larger African American Community.”

Dr. Wayne Frederick, the President of Howard University also opened up about this giant leap forward for the university.

“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.”

Students will be studying while on campus and interacting with Google staff who will be their teachers but it was not stated if Howard West will offer students special access to job or internship opportunities with Google.

One thing we do know is that this being a student in the Howard West cohort will be a major opportunity for these students and the future of African Americans in tech.

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Former Ntl. President of Delta Sigma Theta, Congresswoman Fudge, Introduces Bill to Track Hazing on a National Level

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Former Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National President and current U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, Marcia Fudge has introduced a bill that would require universities by federal law to include the hazing incidents in their yearly crime reports.

Fudge and her co-sponsor, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan, believe that tracking college hazing will allow authorities grasp the practice’s prevalence and figure out how to reduce it on a national level.

“The bill would require schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose hazing incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals in their yearly security reports and to implement a hazing education program for students,” Cleveland.com states.

“We cannot act only after an unfortunate incident occurs,” Fudge said in a statement. “We need a strategy that will address hazing at its core. Accurate college reporting will provide the data we need to develop legislative solutions for administrators and faculty and protect our nation’s college students.”

Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she served from 1996 to 2000 and is a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. She has also served as the co-chair of the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. Last year, after the leak of internal documents from the Democratic Party that forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down, Rep. Fudge served as the chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Rep. Fudge’s hazing bill has been endorsed by Pennsylvania State University, where Timothy Piazza, an engineering student, died earlier this year from of injuries sustained while pledging Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

The bill is currently being endorsed by organizations including the National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

“The likelihood is very good that we are going to get it passed. It is a bipartisan bill and I think we are going to be great. I think they are going to pass it because everybody knows it is a problem.” Marcia said when asked if she thought the bill was going to pass by Cleveland.com reporters.

Marcia Louise Fudge has served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008, a district that includes most of the black-majority areas between Cleveland and Akron. Fudge was initially elected to Congress in November 2008. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education. She is active in the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congressional Military Family Caucus, STEM Education Caucus, Children’s Caucus (Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity).

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15 Of Your Favorite Black 90s Cartoon Characters Reimagined As HBCU Students

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WatchTheYard.com teamed up with the amazing artist Ashleigh Sharmaine to tackle the question, “What happened to our favorite black cartoon characters from the 90s and early 2000s when they grew up?”

Our answer? They went to Historically Black Colleges and Universities of course!

Click on the link arrows below to see which colleges and universities your favorite Black cartoon character would have gone to and make sure to check the talented Ashleigh Sharmaine out on Twitter and Instagram for more amazing work.

We are planning on selling shirts with these 90s HBCU Cartoon Characters on them with the artist over the next couple of weeks. Are you interested in buying one?

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Howard University’s President Just Released This Statement About the White Nationalist Violence in Charlottesville

Howard University’s President, Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA released the following statement today regarding the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va and the attack that injured 19 and killed one.

As many of you know, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today after unrest in Charlottesville, Va. This morning, counter-protesters gathered in Emancipation Park in anticipation of a Unite the Right rally, a gathering of White nationalist groups who are promoting White Supremacy. The aim of the rally was to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed violently and a car plowed into a group described as “anti-racist” demonstrators, killing one person and injuring 19 others. Thankfully, clergy members and other activists’ groups met those white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members with opposition standing in a line singing “This Little Light of Mine” to drown out the profanity and slurs. “Love has already won. We have already won.”

I unequivocally denounce the actions of these hate groups. Though their actions force some of our nation’s most longstanding human rights issues into the light, I remain inspired by the strength of those who refuse to tolerate such hatred. This University’s mission and principles do not allow us to share the sentiment that there was hatred, bigotry, and violence to be condemned on many sides—the hatred displayed today was one-sided.

The Howard University family and community grieves for the victims in Charlottesville, and we stand in solidarity with the community members who unapologetically fight against hatred and intolerance. I consider these events a tragedy that should have never taken place. Those who have been harmed are innocent victims of inexcusable acts of violence. We pray for complete healing for those who are injured, yet maintain the fight for justice, as well as for the members of the University of Virginia community who may be in fear.

In light of the nation’s most pressing issues and, more evidently, the attacks against the innocent, it remains evident that HBCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni do not simply permeate the communities that have been under attack. We are a mosaic representation of people who live in, advocate for, embody activism in, and are products of these communities. It is with this in mind that I am working diligently with the Office of the Dean of the Chapel to send volunteers to Charlottesville next week during Howard University’s 5th Annual Day of Service to provide any needed assistance—the time to act is now.

I urge all members of the Howard community to stay vigilant. We must continue to speak out against hatred and violence against all members of our community and remember in the profound words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Excellence in Truth and Service,

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA

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