To increase the number of Black students entering the technology workforce, 2U and Netflix has partnered with Norfolk State University (NSU) to launch three online boot camps.
Black employees make up only 7.4% of the high-tech sector compared to 68.5% of White employees. Additionally, at leading Silicon Valley technology firms, Black professionals represent less than 1% of executives, according to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“If we really hope to increase Black representation in the tech industry, we need to address our current gaps while expanding access to Black students,” said Kabi Gishuru, director of inclusion recruiting programs at Netflix. “This starts with being intentional about building future talent pipelines. These boot camps are just one step in that direction, but we can’t do it alone.”
The 16-week boot camps will focus on the areas of applied data science, advanced Java programming and UX/UI design. NSU faculty and guest technology experts will teach participants industry skills while also applying the curriculum to real world challenges within the sector.
“You may study these kinds of things in school but to have a chance to go through a four-month boot camp where you are basically grappling with some of the same real world challenges that Netflix does,” said David Sutphen, chief strategy and engagement officer at 2U. “That is the other component of this that I think is really useful because like anything else in life, it is one thing to learn something in the abstract and it is another thing to have to learn how to apply that.”
The boot camps will take place live in the evenings beginning in January. Enrollment is currently open to both NSU students and recently graduated alumni. Other qualifications vary among each program.
Another aspect of the boot camp is mentorship. Netflix staff will work with students one-on-one to provide them with more industry skills and knowled
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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) kicked off its 34th annual conference Monday, titled “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Fostering Excellence and Social Justice.”
Dr. Antonio R. Flores
Over four days, the virtual gathering will feature over 50 workshops, divided into six programming tracks that explore themes such as fundraising opportunities, domestic and international partnerships, higher education policy and research and best practices for Hispanic students’ academic success. Meanwhile, students will participate via their own track, the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute, which offers over 500 students with three days of leadership and professional development training.
In the conference’s opening plenary, HACU President and CEO Dr. Antonio R. Flores acknowledged the unique time in which higher education finds itself, holding a moment of silence for the victims of COVID-19. He emphasized the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus on underrepresented communities.
“The pandemic has impacted terribly the lives of countless people,” Flores said. “It has revealed our horrific social and economic inequalities. It has heightened our rage about systemic racial discrimination, and it has also increased our awareness concerning climate change, which should be called ‘climate disaster.’”
At the same time, he highlighted the pandemic as an opportunity for higher education to tackle these societal ills with new resolve.
“Just as it’s been the case in the past, our country and the world will reinvent themselves in better and more humane ways,” he said. “And higher education will be at the forefront of that renewal, leading the way. 2020 is a year when the worst of times could lead to the best of times in our lifetime and in history.”
Flores asserted that Hispanic Serving Institutions have a critical role to play in that story, describing them as the “backbone of Hispanic success” and as a tool for economic mobility for first-generation and low-income students.
“Simply put, the more you learn, the more you earn,” he said.
He sees a connecti
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