Microsoft has partnered with Black Girls Code, led by Kimberly Bryant, to enable the organization to launch a chapter in Seattle, Microsoft announced on LinkedIn today. Since launching in 2011, Black Girls Code has introduced technology and computer science to young black girls in 13 cities throughout the country. Seattle marks Black Girls Code’s 14th chapter.
Microsoft also deepened its partnership with Technology Access Foundation, founded by Trish Millines Dziko. Across both partnerships, Microsoft invested $500,000.
Earlier this year, Black Girls Code teamed up with Lyft — after turning down a $125,000 donation from Uber last year — to make the nonprofit organization one of Lyft’s Round Up & Donate partners.
In a LinkedIn post, Microsoft Corporate VP and Lead Mary Snapp said she hopes the investments “will help a lot more students find a passion for technology, the opportunity to pursue a STEM education and most importantly believe it is possible for them.
“As Satya has said in the past, Microsoft can only be successful if we have people of all backgrounds building our technology and we cannot build product and services for everyone unless everyone is represented in our engineering ranks,” Snapp wrote.