BLACK WOMEN IN COMPUTING (BWiC)
I currently serve as committee chair and email list keeper for Black Women in Computing (BWiC), an online community devoted to increasing the number of black women in computing. BWiC began in 2011 and has thrived as one of the many affinity communities of the Anita Borg Institute. We focus on organizing networking and community events through national computing conferences and increasing recruitment and retention of young black women in computing through workshops and mentorship. Please check the BWiC site for information on how to join and upcoming events.
BLACKCOMPUTEHER ADVISORY BOARD
blackcomputeHER.org (pronounced ‘black computer’) is a group of researchers dedicated to supporting computer science and STEM education and workforce development for black girls and women. The BlackcomputeHER conference communal event that will allow black women in computing fields to form shared learning experiences so that we might better support – and by extension, increase the participation of – this unique group.
GIRLS WHO CODE
In summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to teach for the Girls Who Code program. The mission of this program is “to educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields”. During an 8-week summer program in NY, I lead 20 high school girls through an intense curriculum that included programming projects, field trips to tech companies, team&self-building activities, and countless speakers. This is one of the best programs I’ve seen that is working to expose young women to computer science. I highly recommend that everyone visit the website and support this effort.