9 ways to expand computer science equity in high school

Black, Latinx and Native American students are less likely to attend a school where computer science is taught

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Almost half of U.S. high schools now teach at least one computer science course. That means, however, students at a majority of high schools don’t have access to computer science, according to a new report.

And Black, Latinx and Native American students are less likely to attend a school where computer science is taught, according to “State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities” by Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance.

Students from rural areas and economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also less likely to have a chance to take computer science.

Students in these underrepresented groups are also less likely than are white and Asian American teeens to attend a school that offers an advanced placement computer science course or to an AP test in the subject.


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And even though female students remain underrepresented in high school computer science courses, the number of students taking AP computer science exams has been growing rapidly, the report found.

Disparities would be better illuminated if schools measured disparities by determining computer science participation by students’ specific race, ethnicity and economic status, rather than by the general term “underrepresented minorities,” the report found.

The report also recommended nine policies states and districts can implement to provide equitable access to computer science:

  • Create a state plan for K–12 computer science
  • Define computer science and establish rigorous K–12 computer science standards
  • Allocate funding for rigorous computer science teacher professional learning and course support
  • Implement clear certification pathways for computer science teachers
  • Create programs at institutions of higher education to offer computer science to

Tech Founder Hadiyah Mujhid Partners With AnnenbergTech And PledgeLA To Create Equity For Black And Latinx VC’s And Founders

In business, it takes money to make money. Yet for many Black and Latinx founders, access to capital is a barrier to entry into their respective industries. Another barrier is often access to venture capitalists who come from similar backgrounds as them, who understand them, and who believe in their ideas and businesses enough to invest in them.

According to research, only 1% of VC-backed companies have Black founders, and only 2% of firms have investment team members who identify as Black. 

San Francisco based technologist, Hadiyah Mujhid, has been solving for that equity problem as the founder and CEO of HBCUvc. Prominently known for building pathways for underrepresented investors and founders, HBCUvc has led the charge on developing the next generation of venture capital leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities through their strategic programming and partnerships. With the perspective that culture is a currency, Mujhid and her team nurture budding entrepreneurs and investors through training, coaching, mentoring, and immersive fellowships that are culturally responsive and inclusive for everyone involved.

“I like to think that our program is extremely comprehensive, and it’s culturally affirming of the identities that people bring to the space,” said Mujhid.

HBCUvc offers core programming throughout the year for HBCU students and alumni. And in the summer, they work with AnnenbergTech and PledgeLA to host a venture capital internship which places Black and Latinx interns at esteemed VC firms like Stat Zero and Crosscut Ventures.

As a part of the PledgeLA program, “We [HBCUvc] spend two weeks doing an immersive training with the fellows in LA and then they are placed with a firm for 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks, we still do one-on-one coaching support,” said Mujhid.

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Uber Freight raises $500 million from Greenbriar Equity

  • Uber has announced it has sold a $500 million stake in its Uber Freight logistics business to New York-based private equity firm Greenbriar Equity Group.
  • Uber will retain majority ownership of Uber Freight.
  • The investment values the logistics arm of the company at $3.3 billion on a post-money basis.
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(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday New York-based private equity firm Greenbriar Equity Group would invest $500 million in its logistics arm, Uber Freight, valuing the unit at $3.3 billion on a post-money basis.

The ride-hailing firm said it would maintain majority ownership of Uber Freight, and use the funds to scale its logistics platform and increase product innovation.

Unlike Uber’s ride-hailing app or its food-delivery service, Uber Freight operates as a middle man in the fragmented long-haul trucking business, connecting truckers with shippers.

Michael Weiss and Jill Raker, managing partners of Greenbriar, will join Uber Freight’s board, the companies said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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Uber Freight Raises $500 Million in Funding From Greenbriar Equity Group to Transform Logistics

Series A investment by Greenbriar will accelerate Uber Freight’s broad market adoption and expand reach

Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (Greenbriar), a New York-based investment firm and one of the leading investors in the logistics space, announced today that an investor group led by Greenbriar has committed to invest $500 million in a Series A preferred stock financing for Uber Freight, the logistics arm of Uber, valuing the unit at $3.3 billion on a post-money basis. Uber will maintain majority ownership in Uber Freight and will use the funds to continue to scale its logistics platform and accelerate product innovation to equip shippers with technology to power their supply chains.

In connection with the investment, Michael Weiss and Jill Raker, Managing Partners of Greenbriar, will join the Uber Freight Board of Directors. With a combination of more than 40 years of investing experience in logistics, Mr. Weiss and Ms. Raker have been actively involved in many successful investments across the space, and will additionally draw on the counsel of the firm’s investment team and highly regarded network of operating partners in support of management’s vision for growth.

Uber Freight launched in 2017 with a mission to simplify the movement of goods to help communities thrive. Since then, the company has built one of the world’s largest digitally enabled carrier networks and transformed logistics management for thousands of shippers. Uber Freight’s driver-first carrier tools enable trucking companies and their drivers to book loads as seamlessly as they would book an Uber ride, while the company’s suite of on-demand logistics solutions, APIs, and software integrations provide shippers with the ability to seamlessly plan, budget, tender, and track their freight, no matter their procurement needs. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber Freight was able to

Patrick Mahomes agrees to equity deal with performance tech company Hyperice

  • NFL star quarterback Patrick Mahomes joined performance recovery technology company Hyperice as an investor and brand ambassador.
  • Terms of his equity stake were not announced. 
  • With the transaction, Mahomes adds to his equity portfolio after agreeing to deals with a sports nutrition company and a minority ownership stake in the Kansas City Royals. 



Patrick Mahomes standing on a baseball field: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on before Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.


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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on before Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

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Days after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback helped increase ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” ratings and announced he’s expecting his first child, Mahomes secured a new private investment on Thursday.

Mahomes joined performance recovery technology company Hyperice as an investor and brand ambassador. Terms of his equity stake were not announced by the company.

Hyperice, founded in 2010 by Anthony Katz, says it uses “percussion, vibration, and thermal technology” in its recovery and fitness equipment and makes the Hypervolt massage device. 

Mahomes will use his name and image to promote Hyperice in its global recovery technology category. The company said he will also increase brand awareness of Hyperice’s “newly launched HyperSmart connected technology devices and data-driven digital ecosystem.”

“I’ve used Hyperice throughout my career as an instrumental part of my overall training and recovery routines to ensure I’m performing at my peak on game day,” Mahomes said in a statement. He said the partnership provides him the resources to “to accelerate my recovery time” after playing football.

In March, Hyperice acquired NormaTec, a popular compression system that helps athletes with muscle tissue recovery, as it looks to gain market share in a sports technology marketplace projected to be worth $30 billion by 2024. Hyperice CEO Jim Huether told CNBC the