The South Asian Times

25 April 2019 12:02 PM

Nadella led Microsoft invests $500,000 in STEM learning for Seattle students of color

New York: On July 26th Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company is investing $500,000 in two partnerships that will expand computer science and STEM learning opportunities for students of color.

Microsoft is partnering with Black Girls Code to help them establish a Seattle based chapter. Kimberly Bryant founded the nonprofit seven years ago to introduce programming and technology to young and pre-teen girls of color through clubs led by women engineers of color. It has grown 13 cities across the US and Seattle will be its 14th. The company is also deepening its longtime partnership with Technology Access Foundation (TAF) with an investment in STEMbyTAF. The foundation was founded in 1997 by former Microsoft leader, Trish Millines Dziko, initially as an out-of-school program offering technology skills training, internships and college prep to students of color in Seattle. Since then, TAF has opened its own school and become a sought-after expert on how to create learning environments that eliminate race-based disparity in academic achievement. STEMbyTAF is designed to help replicate their successful strategies at other area schools. 

The partnerships build on Microsoft’s long-term commitment and responsibility to help ensure every young person has access to computer science education, from all gender, racial, ethnic, geographic and income backgrounds. “While we are proud of our long-term investments in our Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program and in, along with many other vital partners, we know there is still more we have to do to bridge the gaps in equity in the field of technology,” Microsoft said in an article shared on LinkedIn.   

Nadella has said in the past, Microsoft can only be successful if it has people of all backgrounds building our technology and that it cannot build product and services for everyone unless everyone is represented in its engineering ranks.

(Excerpts from an article shared on LinkedIn by Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Lead for Microsoft Philanthropies)

Update: 02 Aug, 2018