By: George William
The Washington Free Beacon reports on a new fellowship program that Google has made with some universities.
The Google Ph.D. Fellowship, which gives promising computer scientists nearly $100,000, allows each participating university, (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to name a few) to nominate four Ph.D. students annually. “If a university chooses to nominate more than two students,” Google says, “the third and fourth nominees must self-identify as a woman, Black / African descent, Hispanic / Latino / Latinx, Indigenous, and/or a person with a disability.”
Adam Mortara, the lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, told the WFB, “It is illegal for Google to enter into contracts based on race under the Civil Rights Act of 1866. And it is illegal for universities receiving federal funds to nominate students based on race under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”
“The Google Fellowship program is a blatantly unlawful and immoral quota plan that pits students against one another by skin color and ethnic heritage,” said Edward Blum, the founder of Students for Fair Admissions. “Our nation’s enduring civil rights laws were passed to specifically forbid this type of racial discrimination.”
In response to a detailed inquiry about these legal concerns, Google defended the nominating criteria and denied that it was breaking the law.
“Like many companies, we actively encourage a broad range of individuals to apply to our PhD Fellowship program in order to attract the widest and most representative pool of applicants possible—this follows all relevant laws and is extremely common to do,” a Google spokesperson said. “Selection for the fellowships”—that is, selection from the pool of nominees, not the nomination process itself—”is not based on demographics in any way. Fellows receive unrestricted funding for their studies, and if they are interested in working at Google, they are welcome to apply for jobs and go through the same hiring process as any other person.”
Google’s diversity quotas extend beyond the United States. The Ph.D. Fellowship recruits students from across the world, with different nominating criteria for each region. Universities in East Asia and Europe, which are only allowed three nominations each, do not have to worry about race or disability. But gender is another story.
“If a university chooses to nominate more than two students,” the rules for Asia and Europe read, “the third nominee must self-identify as a woman.”