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Hack.Diversity helps to increase diversity in tech

Hack.Diversity is a program created by the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) to help increase diversity in tech around the Boston area.  The inaugural cohort recently completed its run, with 16 computer science and engineering students from local colleges participating in the program.  Of the 16 interns, 5 received full time offers from corporations they interned for which included HubSpot, Carbonite and Wayfair.

The idea of Hack.Diversity began after Jody Rose, executive director of NEVCA read the 2016 Bloomberg article “Why Doesn’t Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?”.  While beginning in Boston, Rose hopes to expand the program to other localities.  In her words “The goal is, how do we attack other industries like marketing, accounting, operations, talent. After we tackle that, the goal is to go into other innovation hubs because we believe we have created a pretty genius model.”

Rose’s efforts seem to already be paying off as Liberty Mutual Insurance has already signed on for the 2018 program. “Maura Quinn, assistant vice president of campus recruiting at Liberty Mutual, said the company is looking to expand its talent pool.”

Programs like these are hard to find, but do wonders in providing opportunities to minority students.  If you’re interested in learning more check out the website below

http://dailyfreepress.com/2017/10/30/hack-diversity-celebrates-inaugural-year-encourages-diversity-in-tech/

Also take a look at other internship programs such as Inroads at https://inroads.org/

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