‘Changing the game’: Black in Technology works to support Black students in computer science

Prior to arriving at UNC, 2020 graduate Charlie Helms had only briefly heard about the field of computer science. But when he attended UNC’s admitted students day, he was immediately drawn to the Black and Latinx computer science group that the computer science department advertised. 

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna have people that look like me that are coders,’” Helms said. “I’ve never met a Black computer scientist before, so I was like, ‘This is amazing. It’s a perfect match.’” 

But after initially struggling in coursework for COMP 110: Intro to Programming at UNC, he began searching

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‘ManCode Mentoring’ initiative helps Black teens learn computer technology skills through mentorship

The 12-week curriculum teaches young men how technology can be an option in their career or life journey.

“It’s fun,” says 8th grader, Wilson Johnson. “I like mainly the coding, and learning different lifestyles.”

Johnson is one of dozens of teens learning the ins and outs of computer technology alongside industry professionals. 

It’s all apart of the new pilot program called “ManCode Mentoring.” 

“ManCode mentoring started when a few employees at Microsoft kind of noticed, “hey, it’s not a lot of us in this field, what can we do,” says Quanda Arch, program manager for the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

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AP course on computer science principles draws more female, Black and Latino students

AP computer science principles draws more female, Black and Latino students than an older AP computer science course focused on coding, the College Board found in a study released Wednesday. It also is functioning as an important gateway to science, technology, engineering and math, the study found, becoming the first AP course in the so-called STEM fields for many Black and Latino students.

“It really does a nice job, I think, of hooking some students who may not have considered computer science previously,” said Mike Petran, who teaches AP computer science principles at Hammond High School in Columbia, Md. This

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Black gig workers speak out, Uber’s commitment to being anti-racist and Facebook’s diversity report – TechCrunch

Welcome back to Tech at Work, a bi-weekly roundup and analysis of labor, and diversity and inclusion in tech. 

This week, we’re looking at Uber’s anti-racism commitment, Shipt shoppers walking off the job, Facebook’s diversity report and Black gig workers organizing against tech companies. Also, hear from CODE2040 CEO Karla Monterroso on tech’s response to the recent racial justice uprising in the U.S.

“There are a lot of really well-intentioned people, but they’re like, ‘Hey, put me in touch with all your Black and Latinx people,” Monterroso told me. “We have definitely gotten requests for free access to our talent

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Black and Hispanic computer scientists have degrees from top universities, but don’t get hired in tech

Top universities turn out black and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate that leading technology companies hire them, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

Technology companies blame the pool of job applicants for the severe shortage of blacks and Hispanics in Silicon Valley.

But these findings show that claim “does not hold water,” said Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at The New School in New York.

“What do dominant groups say? ‘We tried, we searched but there was nobody qualified.’ If you look at the empirical evidence, that is just not the case,”

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Smartphone witnessing becomes synonymous with Black patriotism after George Floyd’s death

<span class="caption">Protesters against racist police violence encounter police in Washington, D.C., on May 31.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/demonstrators-protesting-the-death-of-george-floyd-talk-to-news-photo/1216617277" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images">Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images</a></span>
Protesters against racist police violence encounter police in Washington, D.C., on May 31. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A flashbulb emits a high-pitched hum. A photograph of the legendary 19th-century abolitionist and newspaperman Frederick Douglass fades in on-screen.

We hear the “Hamilton” alumnus actor Daveed Diggs before we see him.

“What, to my people, is the Fourth of July?” Diggs asks in a plaintive voiceover, as a police siren and the opening chords of Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” clash aurally.

In just two minutes and 19 seconds, the new Movement for Black Lives short film provides

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