CSSI is an online, four-week introduction to computer science (CS) for rising first year college students with a passion for technology — especially students who identify with groups that have been historically marginalized in the field. CSSI seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow and build self confidence, agency, and efficacy. Students will learn computer science fundamentals, participate in workshops to promote self-care, identity, career, and skill development, and build community with peers and industry professionals.
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Minorities, particularly African-Americans, have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM career fields,” said Victor Scotti, Student Development Specialist for Google. “A key component of Google’s CSSI-HBCU program is to give young men and women an opportunity to fully explore computer science with the ultimate goal of pursuing careers in technology.” The program is one of Google’s longest-running development programs for underrepresented minorities headed into technology careers, the release says. The program prepares students by exposing them to computer science. It is meant to build their confidence before they enter college.