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FAMU community reacts to Google diversity in tech donation

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:42 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Being a Rattler just got a little better for students interested in being a part of the STEM industry. In an effort to diversify the STEM industry, Google has partnered with 10 HBCU’s, including, FAMU, supplying millions of dollars for their technology programs.

The university said they’re hoping to create the best programs possible so their students can thrive.

Robert Craig, a PhD student at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, believes seeing people that look like him in the STEM field does wonders.

“When you’re growing up, a lot of your idols or athletes and things like that, but when you get to see your idols become more like engineers like I had several influences in my life who are engineers, it helped me get pushed in that direction,” explained Craig.

FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson said he feels the partnership with Google will do nothing but help the university.

“I strongly believe that it will go a very long way in terms of increasing diversity within the tech quarter here at FAMU, and collectively with our partners,” said Dr. Robinson.

Craig said the money will create a better learning environment for students to come.

“More resources, more books, more gadgets to play with, more things to do with the research and definitely more scholarships for more students to come here and be successful in the program,” added Craig.

It helps with normalizing black figureheads in the tech world.

“Even nowadays, it’s either the ‘first black this’ or the ‘first black that.’ I’m looking forward to a time where we won’t see too many ‘first black does the this, black that,’ you just see a lot of black everything. Do you know a lot of black excellence?”

FAMU said they hope to continue to prepare students like Craig to one day be leaders in this field. President Robinson added that he’s hopeful they’ll have the money by July, with plans to allocate the funds by the Fall.

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