Google has taken a fresh approach to diversifying the tech fields, by having Google staff teach in colleges and universities that are historically black.
At Howard University, freshman Alanna Walton picked up on the differences between her computer science professor and other professors.
Her name, Professor Sabrina, was different. She was an African-American woman whose office hours extended until 2 am if necessary. Finally, she had an additional title, “Google In Residence”.
Google is embedding engineers in several historically black colleges and universities to mentor, teach, and advise on computer science and tech related curriculum.
Sabrina Williams is a Google software engineer who is taking a semester leave from Google’s Mountain view campus to teach at Howard. 15 years ago, she was the only female African American computer science student at Stanford.
“I’m inspired,” she said. “Change is slow, this is going to take time, but I think what’s interesting about this program is that it’s a different way of attacking the problem of lack of diversity in tech.”