Let’s talk about race, baby

A follow up

Fortune

Diversity has been a hot topic in Silicon Valley for a while, but in recent months companies have finally started putting their money where their mouth is. Case in point: earlier this week Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] agreed to give $775,000 in grants to Code2040, a nonprofit that aims to improve the representation of minorities in the tech sector. The money will fund two new programs—one that helps Black and Latino students apply to technical jobs and internships and another that matches minority entrepreneurs with year-long residencies in three cities.

Laura Weidman Powers, the co-founder and CEO of Code2040, started the organization in 2012 after working at a couple of tech startups (and receiving multiple degrees from Harvard and Stanford). Her goal? To create “pathways to educational, professional and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities.” We caught up with Weidman Powers to find out more about her organization’s new…

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