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Facebook like Google makes scant progress in hiring blacks, women

John Ribeiro | June 26, 2015
Facebook and other tech companies aren't changing the racial mix or the percentage of women in their workforce fast enough, which has become a matter of concern to civil rights activists.

The Facebook University training program invites college freshmen, generally from underrepresented groups and with exceptional talent and interest in computer science, to spend time during summer to work on teams with Facebook mentors, so that they can learn the skills the company is looking for, Williams said.

During a recent Facebook shareholder meeting, Jackson asked the company to partner with his RainbowPush civil rights organization to set up tech labs in 1,000 churches across the country, and make a major investment in the Oakland Unified School District, a public education school district, to build "a pipeline not just from India, but from surrounding Bay Area communities to Facebook and the tech industry," according to a transcript of the speech provided by RainbowPush.

 

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