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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with Reverend Jesse Jackson and The Rainbow PUSH Coalition to provide data science scholarships for African Americans in tech. One student per cohort at GalvanizeU – Galvanize’s accredited data science program – will attend on a full scholarship. RainbowPush’s mission is to empower African Americans and people of color in technology, pursue economic justice, civil rights and racial equality, and we are honored to play a small part in their mission by making education more accessible.

There’s still a massive diversity gap in the tech industry – on average, only about 2% of their workers are African American, but more than 4% of all new computer science or computer engineering degrees were held by African Americans. We’ll work together with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to address this disconnect by providing more scholarships for industry-integrated educational programs such as GalvanizeU.

At Galvanize, our goal is for all our students to receive an amazing job offer after graduation. Our gSchool programs currently have a 96% placement rate, and we’ll work closely with industry partners to ensure that recipients of this scholarship get placed at great companies after they’ve finished the program.

Galvanize will work together with Reverend Jesse Jackson, the RainbowPUSH Coalition, and other diversity advocates such as BUILDUP and the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) to select students for this scholarship. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, and interested candidates can apply here.

To learn more about GalvanizeU and other scholarships that are available, head to

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BUILDUP co-hosted a Diversity and Inclusion in Tech roundtable with Rev. Jesse Jackson at Galvanize. Prior to the roundtable, BUILDUP General Partner Wayne Sutton had the opportunity to interview Rev. Jesse Jackson. During the interview Rev. Jackson discussed everything from Selma, why is he involved in tech space and Black History Month. You can watch the video interview here, Interview With Rev. Jesse Jackson On Diversity And Inclusion In Tech, Politics And Black History Month

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Engineers Week was created to connect students from disparate engineering departments, showcase the achievements of our 62+ student organizations, and highlight UC Berkeley’s commitment to promoting diversity and emotional engagement on campus.

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Tequity, a newly established student organization focused on outreach and minority inclusion, to launch Fireside 2020. In five years time, by 2020, our big, audacious goal is to match 200 students from underrepresented and minority backgrounds with mentors to help connect them to a full-time job or paid internship — seeking to bridge the gap in the tech workforce.

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– Kat Manalac | Moderator | Partner at YC
– Wayne Sutton | Speaker |
– Karla Monterroso | Speaker | VP of CODE2040
– Chloé Alpert | Speaker | CEO of Teaman & Company

Location: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.

Food Provided.

Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Engineers Week

RSVP here:

I’m looking forward to speaking and meeting everyone!

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