Faculty Summit Overview
The inaugural HBCU Faculty Summit held in Cupertino, CA at Apple’s headquarters convened 24 deans and faculty from accredited engineering programs at 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The participants received an inside look into Apple’s culture, values, and ecosystem. They heard from leaders in Apple’s hardware and software engineering departments and were introduced to coding using Swift Playgrounds. This successful event was the first of its kind at Apple.
Over three days, the deans and faculty engaged in interactive learning and conversations centered on preparing students for opportunities in technology. Discussion topics included: building stronger programs, identifying talent, cultivating an innovative environment, and the importance of collaborating. Additionally, Apple recruiters and hiring managers were given the opportunity to engage in dialogue on how best to prepare HBCU students for a career at Apple.
Participants had the opportunity to hear presentations from six Apple HBCU Scholars interning at Apple this summer. They also spent time interacting with Apple’s leadership and employees, which will aid in fostering new relationships between the HBCU community and the technology world. The HBCU Faculty Summit is just the beginning of Apple’s relationship with HBCUs. This joint effort to discover, define and design an inclusive and diverse employee experience will spark action to incrementally answer Apple’s commitment to diversity.