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Interview Prep for the Culture: How Tech Can Show up for HBCU Candidates

Friday, September 16, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

In 2020, tech companies made countless promises to promote racial equity. These promises included renewed inclusive recruiting and hiring commitments, but what changes could we make to get different, more impactful results in hiring Black talent? 25% of Black graduates with STEM degrees attended historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Nearly 50% of Black women who earned degrees in STEM fields between 1995 and 2004 attended HBCUs. And HBCUs are the institution of origin for nearly 30% of Black graduates of science and engineering doctorate programs.  HBCU’s can be part of the solution in recruiting and hiring more Black talent, but until very recently tech companies have been largely absent from HBCU recruiting programs. So how can we build authentic, impactful relationships with HBCU’s? Join me as I tell the story of how I built an ongoing relationship with the Computer Science department at FAMU, the 3rd largest HBCU in the country, through an interview prep program I helped to implement at multiple tech companies.

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