Google vows to tackle ethnic and gender issues by investing $150 million in new educational and workforce plans.
The giant company revealed on early Thursday morning its intentions to address the long-lasting problem of workforce diversity.
As the recent reports show, Google has very few women workers among its staff, despite all modern perceptions. Figures drop significantly when it comes to ethnic employees, as the company’s offices hold at present only 1% African-American tech workers and 2% Hispanic.
There are many techniques that the search giant plans to implement in the near future in order to draw the attention of culturally challenged ethnicities towards technological fields.
Nancy Lee, the VP of People Operations, disclosed in a recent interview for the national news that Google plans to send highly-competent Google engineers to renowned black-universities to inspire young minds to take up a tech career.
Google’s research has also revealed the fact that few women are interested in tech careers because the field is often portrayed as too difficult for them. The search giant has signed a deal with Disney for the creation of promotional products that could inspire girls to become engineers.
High school students will be introduced to the mystery of coding with the help of Google professionals.
The goal of this initiative is to show young students that coding is not as difficult as it may sound and that it can be easily understood and applied by them.
Similar initiatives were adopted in the past, but Google claims these were not enough to convince women and minorities to build careers in computer science.
The main drawback of the past educational program was their restrained application. These plans were applied only in several U.S. high schools.
Google aims now to adopt a more holistic approach by promoting computer science across all age, gender and racial categories.
In spite of the efforts, Nancy Lee estimates that changes in society usually take time. The VP does not expect to see significant changes in the near future, but on the long-run the $150 million program will definitely pay off.
Google’s recent social initiative may have been inspired by other tech companies’ efforts.
Apple, too, has donated $50 million to support the initiative, whereas Intel has already implemented a $300 million-worth program to raise the interest in technology.
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