EMPOWERING UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS IN TECHNOLOGY
she++, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, works to empower underrepresented groups in technology by dismantling negative stereotypes surrounding technical careers. We aim to dispel the misconception that computer science is not a career for women and minorities by rebranding what it means to be a technologist.
We begin with the people we know best — high school and college students. With our resources and guidance, high schoolers and college students experience, firsthand, computer science’s capacity for social impact and problem-solving. Our students pay it forward by becoming advocates for our movement and reaching out to their communities and schools. Together, we’re building the next generation of technologists by encouraging self-confidence and individuality in the classroom and workplace. We hope that these young technologists will continue to foster a culture of inclusivity and diversity in technical careers.
The #include Fellowship is entering its fourth year. The Fellowship provides resources to high school students who wish to facilitate conversations about the importance of diversity in technology. We pair high school students with college mentors and assist them in starting initiatives to bring tech education to their communities. Each fellow is given an all-expenses-paid opportunity to attend an annual summit in Silicon Valley, which includes opportunities to explore a future in technology as well as to share, connect, and explore with other fellows.
A continuation of the College Ambassadors Program, she++ will work with individuals around the globe to implement she++ programming in their communities. she++ works with the ambassadors to organize events focused on increasing diversity, awareness, and computer science education, customized for each group. Via a grassroots movement that unites changemakers around the world, the she++ Ambassadors Program sets a standard for diversity, culture and respect for technology communities.
The she++ Original Shorts expand on the she++ Documentary’s messages. The award-winning she++ Documentary has been translated into a dozen languages and is touring the world with the U.S. Department of State. The new videos will showcase individuals and projects that represent the intersectionality and diversity of computer science, especially its power to effect positive change. They are optimized for short-form, viral social media viewing.