Facebook, the social networking giant announced a $1 million investment in CodePath.org to infiltrate computer science education among the women from belittled minority classes. This investment comes a day after Facebook got chided for its inability to solve the “black people problem”.
CodePath.org is a US-based nonprofit platform that offers computer science education to female and minority students at universities around the country.
The investment of Facebook was first put into the public domain by Michael Ellison, Founder at CodePath.org. He published a blog covering the entire story. In his blog, he said that the funds raised will be used for serving 1000 students per semester in the next year. The previous number was 400.
According to him, Codename will employ the funds in creating customized courses for the target underrepresented minorities and women during their undergraduate years. They are also looking forward to expanding their college partners in the upcoming years.
The funding is aimed at widening the opportunities of new students from underrepresented communities, cut down the levels of attrition as well as plugging the differences between traditional computer science curriculum and practical software engineering job responsibilities. The funding round will help them to groom the number of software engineers from the underrepresented community.
Prior to the announcement of funds, Mark Luckie, former strategic partner manager for global influencers at Facebook, tried to put allegations on Facebook stating that the tech giant is paralysed in solving racism problems within the organization. He even alleged his past employer regarding their lacklustre policy in lending support to its black employees or users.
According to Chinese news partner, Xinhua news agency reported that Luckie circulated a memo to all Facebook employees early this month regarding the state of discontentment of black employees in FB. In his memo, he also said that people felt that they were disparaged and even scared to speak up about their experience at the company.