Northeastern receives funding to aid in closing diversity gap in tech
It was announced this month that Northeastern University has received funding from Pivotal Ventures, the executive office of Melinda Gates, to expand our Align program. The funding will pay for the first semester of study for women and underrepresented minority students.
Northeastern believes that a primary obstacle to diversity in tech is that women and minorities traditionally have self-selected out of trying computer science as undergraduates. Providing first-semester scholarships removes the economic barrier for diverse students to try computer science.
At Seattle campus, about 50% of our Align students are female and 70% of our computer science faculty are female. We also have 90% co-op placement and our Align students spend time working at places like Zillow, Facebook, Amazon, and Nordstrom before they graduate.
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