Freshman Yahya Mohamed Selected for UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley

Nashville, Tenn., October 12, 2017 – Yahya Mohamed, a freshman Sociology major from Mankato, MN has been selected to attend the 5th annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley, CA from October 25-28.

The annual summit provides a forum to address the gaps in tech diversity that exist in Silicon Valley. During this three-day conference, students and faculty members representing more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) visit over a dozen Silicon Valley/Bay Area corporations with a goal of empowering African American students to chart their career paths within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

Each year, participants are selected based on their grade point average, personal statements, internships, computer science skills and demonstrated leadership, and their willingness to serve as change agents on their respective campuses to align computer science curriculum with industry workforce needs and demands. Nearly a third of 2014 and 2015 participants are now interning or working full time at technology companies.

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