In an effort to be more candid on diversity within the company, Google has just revealed that its workforce primarily consists of white men – 70 percent men and 61 percent white to be exact.
“Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” writes Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations on its blog, “and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts.”
When it comes to persons of color within the organization, Asians represent 30 percent while Hispanics and Blacks make up 3 and 2 percent, respectively. But Google says there are many reasons why it struggles to recruit women and minorities.
“Women earn roughly 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States,” Bock writes. And “Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10 percent of the U.S. college grads and collect fewer than 5 percent of degrees in CS majors.”
Google has a plan, though. Since 2010, it’s donated more than $40 million to companies dedicated to educating women and girls in computer science. Google is also working with HBCUs to “elevate coursework and attendance in computer science.” This year Google engineer Charles Pratt revamped Howard University’s Introduction to Computer Science curriculum.
“But we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be,” writes Bock. “And that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a very important part of the solution.”