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Black Girls Code and Google Are Officially Officemates!

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Black Girls Code and Google are now roomies, thanks to the tech company letting the non-profit move into its own impressive 3,000 sqft. office space within their New York office.

The new space is BGC’s first New York office and will serve as a classroom and coordination base for the organization, which aims to “increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.”

“This space will allow BGC to create and incubate programs for our tech divas in our office which will double as a teaching space for us,” Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, told For Harriet in an interview. “And the proximity to Google’s headquarters provides countless opportunities for our girls to envision a future in tech- to touch it, feel it, experience it, and eventually be it.”

“We need a tech sector that looks like the society it serves, and groups like Black Girls CODE are ensuring that we can cultivate and access talent in communities of color,” said Google’s Head of External Affairs, William Floyd in a statement.

In 2015, Google revealed that just 2% of their staff was comprised of African Americans and welcoming Black Girls Code into their offices will help the company gain insight that will allow them to further diversify. The company has already made strides to rectify the lack of diversity in its employment by committing to spending $150 million on diversity initiatives and inclusion programs.

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