JODI GRANLICK| via CNBC
When Kimberly Bryant was in college in the '80s, she felt culturally isolated in her electrical engineering classes.
"I was one of maybe two or three students of color," said Bryant, who is African-American. "And I found that representation was still the same when I graduated and began my career."
Not much has changed. Black women make up less than 3 percent of the workforce at the biggest U.S. tech companies.
So, when Bryant's daughter Kai, now 16, expressed interest in following in her mother's footsteps, Bryant decided to literally change the face of the industry.
"I wanted to create more people that look like me and look like my daughter to really fill in the gaps that I saw for myself," Bryant said. "When we generally think of a computer scientist now, it does not look like a woman of color, it does not look of someone that is of Hispanic background. It's very much white male dominant. And that's important for us to show that black girls can code and they can do many other things in terms of a leadership standpoint in this field."
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malia obama is in the gap
As her father prepares to exit the White House, Malia Obama is making big plans of her own regarding her future. In early May, the President's eldest daughter announced that she will be amongst the thousands of students that will be taking a ‘gap year’ before beginning their college experience. The ‘gap year,’ is a practice that started in Britain, but was introduced into the American education system in the 80’s.
a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between secondary school and higher education.
Rather than risk academic burnout, more and more US students are choosing to ‘gap’ or take a break from textbooks, classrooms, and long lectures. This idea is very common amongst students who believe it would be in their best interest if they took a gap year to do independently based things such as travel the world, grow as an individual, or do something meaningful to themselves. If all goes as planned, the student is expected to begin their college experience the following year.
Google Doodle Winner Earns Scholarship,
as she illustrates her Afrocentric life
JUST LAST month, Akilah Johnson was “surprised and overwhelmed” when she learned that she was a national finalist in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest for elementary through high school students.
Imagine how she feels now.
Akilah, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington, has just been named Google’s big winner in the national contest, topping the 53 state and territory champions, whose work had been culled from about 100,000 student entries.
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