Women in CS - How to get girls interested and involved

hi everyone,

happy happy chilly new year! hope you all had some down time.

it's time to hit the ground running again and we present you with the next meetup, focused on the gender imbalance in CS education and job market. this topic seems to be getting a lot press lately. fred wrote a great blog about it a week ago (http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2013/12/girls-who-code.html). 

i think we all recognize that there is a gap in enthusiasm and participation, so let's move on from that. now is the time to address it with specific ideas, tricks, strategies, big or small. we will have a few speakers from the field (and a student as well) talking about what we can do to introduce, encourage, familiarize and eventually federate a new wave of female rockstars.

if you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out. [masked]. we want to constantly improve the meetups so we have a diverse group of participants and interesting topics to discuss, so pass this along and bring a friend. as always, beer and sandwiches will be served :)

cheers,
cindy

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  • Katina

    Here's the Teen Voices piece on girls in CS: http://bit.ly/1ftj8QJ­

    February 27

  • Joly MacFie

    February 13

  • Eric Allatta

    Hey everybody. Just so you know we are still on for this evening at union square ventures. Sorry for the bad weather, but we're so excited to have Ruthe Farmer in town to present for us. See you tonight.

    February 3

  • Eric Allatta

    NPR just put a classic example of tacit exclusion on the air. "The resources are there" argument perpetuates the lack of diversity in computing. This is just the kind of message we will be talking about recognizing on Feb 3rd. http://www.npr.org/2014/01/25/2...­

    1 · January 25

    • Lev Fruchter

      I apologize for shifting from the focus of the upcoming meetup, but the thing I find really alarming in this NPR piece is the part of Rep. Cárdenas' bill that would "classify computer programming as a foreign language." Obviously I'm all for teaching programming, but to do so at the expense of one of the few outward-looking elements of US education is very disturbing to me. I'm wondering how others feel about this initiative, which is independently making its way through the Kentucky legislature as well.

      2 · January 26

  • Daniel Rabuzzi

    Such an important topic, thanks to CSNYC for making it a meetup topic-- c. 35% of the students MOUSE works with are girls/young women-- MOUSE aims to make that 50%-- very keen to learn what others have done/are doing to level the imbalance, to share lessons learned, etc. I blogged a bit about this here: http://mouse.org/news-events/ne...­

    Looking forward to the conversation, all best, Daniel (Daniel Rabuzzi, MOUSE, www.mouse.org)

    1 · January 7

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