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HBCUs and Tech Leaders are Joining Forces to Increase Tech Opportunities for Black Students

Words by Megan Amrich
Blog

Black Americans make up 12 percent of the total U.S. population yet hold only 7 percent of tech industry jobs. The numbers in higher-level roles are even more staggering: Four percent of tech managers and less than 2 percent of C-suite tech executives are Black, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

First-ever Tech Conference for HBCUs to Expand Access to Tech Careers

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News Highlights:

  • More than 100 HBCUs across the U.S. can gain latest insights into digital transformation to help meet their needs for the future of education.
  • As part of a ‘Bot A Thon’ competition for HBCU students, top finalists will have the opportunity to interview for internship positions at HP and Microsoft.
  • Notable speakers include Dallas Martin of Asylum Records and executive vice president of Atlantic Records; Lanre Gaba, executive vice president of Urban A&R at Atlantic Records who has advanced women in music, including Cardi B and Lizzo; and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus.
  • 5th annual HP-HBCU Business Challenge continues to drive a diverse pipeline in tech. Previous challenges attracted over 380 students from 46 HBCUs and select participants later became full-time employees or interns at HP.
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News Highlights:

  • More than 100 HBCUs across the U.S. can gain latest insights into digital transformation to help meet their needs for the future of education.
  • As part of a ‘Bot A Thon’ competition for HBCU students, top finalists will have the opportunity to interview for internship positions at HP and Microsoft.
  • Notable speakers include Dallas Martin of Asylum Records and executive vice president of Atlantic Records; Lanre Gaba, executive vice president of Urban A&R at Atlantic Records who has advanced women in music, including Cardi B and Lizzo; and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus.
  • 5th annual HP-HBCU Business Challenge continues to drive a diverse pipeline in tech. Previous challenges attracted over 380 students from 46 HBCUs and select participants later became full-time employees or interns at HP.

Techquity: Unlocking Economic Opportunity By Removing The Digital Divide

by Shelley Zalis
Article

Between last December and March 2021, there was a steady decline in the unemployment rate for white workers, from 6% in December to 5.4% in March. While Black men saw their rate drop moderately from 9.9% to 9.6%, Black women actually experienced an increase in unemployment from 8.4% in December to 8.7% in March. 

Think Globally, Act Locally: This Mom's Fight for Digital Equity Is a Lesson for Us All

Words by Kate Zerrenner
Article

“I’m not supposed to be here,” says Tanesha Grant, founder of Parents Supporting Parents NYC, a nonprofit aiming to help New York City kids bridge the digital divide. “I was supposed to be that left-behind child, a foster child, but I’m here, lifting my voice and lending my experience with school as a Black woman in this country.”

Think Globally, Act Locally: This Mom's Fight for Digital Equity is a Lesson For Us All

Blog

“I’m not supposed to be here,” says Tanesha Grant, founder of Parents Supporting Parents NYC, a nonprofit aiming to help New York City kids bridge the digital divide. “I was supposed to be that left-behind child, a foster child, but I’m here, lifting my voice and lending my experience with school as a Black woman in this country.”

Plant-Powered Packaging Protects Products and the Planet

Blog

If you’ve picked up a carton of eggs at the supermarket or plucked your new cell phone from its box, you’re familiar with molded fiber packaging.

Why Equity Matters for Companies: Delivering on Commitments

Article

After a groundswell of corporate support for social justice in 2020, the hard work of action begins. But, what does it mean for a company to make good on its commitments to equity and social justice, from the way it treats employees to its overall impact on society? 

On the Job: A Chat With HP's New Chief Information Officer, Ron Guerrier

Why the company’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice was key to him joining.
Blog

By Leigh-Ann Jackson

Over the past 20 years, Ron Guerrier has served as Chief Information Officer for multiple Fortune 500 firms, as well as the State of Illinois. No matter the post, he’s been driven by a desire to promote equality in the tech field and beyond. In September, the Chicago-based innovator stepped into the CIO role at HP, with the goal of building out its IT organization and overseeing company-wide digitization. But he’s also eager to further the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Pushing the Limits of What's Possible: A New Frontier of HP Innovation

By Enrique Lores, President & CEO at HP
Blog

The belief that anything is possible has always driven me in my career. From the day I arrived at HP as an engineering intern, I learned that if you can imagine it, you can achieve it—as long as you put in the work. And looking back on the storied history of our company, I can point to many examples where people have turned moments of inspiration into groundbreaking innovation.

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