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Talent Intelligence: Leveraging HBCU to gain access to a wider talent base
Talent Intelligence: Leveraging HBCU to gain access to a wider talent base
Ananya K S

Consultant Psychologist , Draup

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Talent Intelligence: Leveraging HBCU to gain access to a wider talent base

11 Jun 2020

We are conducting some more in-depth studies on how Historically Black Colleges and Universities are performing.  Specifically, HBCUs are generating around 1,000 computer science graduates a year.  Big Enterprises have done a reasonable job attracting this talent.  Our informal survey shows that alumni from these schools are doing incredible work in tech companies.  This talent pool is not tapped well by enterprise companies typically, so we want to bring this to your attention.

The higher education industry in the west is making headlines more often than not, with Historically Black Colleges and Universities going down by the day, seeking mergers, and staggering with financial weaknesses and low enrolment rates. The talents graduating from these universities are facing an equally bleak condition, with fewer job opportunities, despite them having the right set of skills as well as the highest rate of financial, career and emotional well-being among college graduates.

On the other hand, major corporations of the world are constantly staggering to combat the challenge of diversity and address both legal and operational requirements for diverse talent. While organizations such as Mastercard, EY, Sodexo, Coca-Cola are welcoming diverse talents and leadings with examples, some of the top tech giants are admittedly struggling to overcome this diversity challenge.

Google becomes a pioneer in breaking this mass stereotype, yet again, by recognizing the potential of HBCU talents and finding their answers for diversity through them. Other tech companies like Spotify and Goldman Sachs follow suit by creating initiatives to recruit and engage with talents from HBCUs.

Uber additionally made a bolder move by not only collaborating with HBCU’s recruitment cells, but also made a wide mention of their plans of increasing their presence at these colleges and universities as an antidote to their diversity issues. Simultaneously Amazon, Nationwide Insurance, Cerner, and Intel gain their entry to the TOP 50 Employers of HBCU Graduates List of Spring, 2019.

Viewing the struggles of survival for HBCUs and the diversity challenges of global corporations under one frame, gives us these global corporations an opportunity to open their doors to HBCU graduates. This not only comes as a reasonable answer to their diversity challenges, but also, considering the higher competency levels of HBCU graduates, proves to be beneficial for their talent composition and workforce efficiency as well.

Draup, drawing from the results of its informal surveys and analysis of popular opinion, reveals that the alumni of 101 HBCUs are doing an incredible work at major tech corporations. IT enables its clientele to recognize such untapped talents, compare the trends, understand the talent characteristics and benefit from gaining access to a wider talent base through Draup’s Talent Intelligence Platform.

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