In the ongoing conversation about the lack of African American women and girls in STEM, Google has
been making efforts to change the narrative. Leading the charge is the
company’s newly hired Head of Black Community Engagement, Valeisha
Butterfield. Here, TNJ.com talks to Butterfield about Google’s tech initiatives and upcoming plans to engage with the Black community.
Aaron Saunders is in business to do good. He is founder of Luma Lab and
CEO of Clearly Innovative. Washington, DC-based Luma Lab was started by
Saunders to teach children from underrepresented groups how to code,
design, and program. And not long ago, Luma Lab received a $100,000
grant from JPMorgan Chase for its STEM education program. His long term goal for Luma Lab is to become a brand name for tech incubators. Here, he tells us how he plans to make it happen.
On the heels of a $150,000 grant to the University of Michigan-Flint to enable the University of Michigan-Flint to develop a comprehensive data platform that will assist government and community leaders in making more informed decisions about the water crisis, Google today announced $250,000 in grant funding to partners in the Flint community to help resolve the crisis, with a special focus on using data and technology.