Creating a Community for Black College Women in Tech
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 — 2:45PM - 3:30PM
Race adds a layer of complexity for students. Though Black women represent a growing cohort in the tech industry, they are less likely than other groups to see themselves in tech-related discussions. Their stories are often limited to diversity-specific panels, with little to no representation elsewhere. We propose to foster a sense of inclusion and belonging for Black women in tech by engaging their perspectives in a way that acknowledges the unique experiences they encounter on a daily basis. Establishing this community can have a breakthrough impact on students, and demonstrates the overall goal of fighting barriers of discrimination for women in tech. To that end, we have created the Black Wings community within Rewriting the Code that is 700+ women and growing.
Susan M. Harnett, Jade Barricelli, Destiny Nwafor, Paula Wambui