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Re: [newtech-1] Event: Black Girls Code coming NYC

From: Ryeon K.
Sent on: Friday, August 31, 2012 2:10 PM
James, theres nothing wrong about having a focus and a mission towards a specific goal. In this case its to help black women enter engineering fields since they are sorely under represented. Are you secretly racist and don't want black women to enter your field by suggesting the org refocus their efforts on coding for ALL??

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On Aug 31, 2012, at 1:56 PM, Matthew Rothenberg <[address removed]> wrote:

James: I read all the well-reasoned arguments for the name of this organization, and I presume you did as well. 

Obviously, you don't want to get over the name, which is your right. Nobody can force you to learn more about the group. But in the meantime, I thank the participants for teaching me about this valuable organization serving an underrepresented community in technology. 

m.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM, james <[address removed]> wrote:
Will be happy to learn and help, but not until they change the name to become INCLUSIVE of kids of all races and colors. 


On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM, Mike Street <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi James, 

Thanks for your opinion but you miss the overall point of the organization and the amazing work they are doing to help women, latinos, and African-Americans develop coding skills. You also are turning a HUGE blide eye to the facts that there are not many people of color in top level positions in tech. So programs like these are still much needed. 

I employ you to learn more about Black Girls Code and the amazing work and SUCCESS they have had in the space. In fact why don't you reach out to Kimberly Bryant ( Founder of Black Girls Code) and volunteer. I'm sure you'll have a very different opinion of the organization and the need after you learned much more about what they do. 

Here is some more reading material so you can educate yourself: 

Black Girls Code: Aim's To Change Tech

Black Girls Code on MSNBC
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/melissa-harris-perry/47842239#[masked]

On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM, james <[address removed]> wrote:
I have to say that I find this completely inappropriate and distasteful. 
In fact, if I were to start a group called White Boys Code it would be called racist. 

I appeal to all of you, let's make our tech community Free from Gender, Race, Sexual orientation, Politics and anything else that may be looked upon as a Divider. 
Coders are just coders, whether BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, BROWN or PURPLE. 
Coders are just coders whether MEN, WOMEN, HOMOSEXUAL or HETEROSEXUAL. 

Coders, programmers, developers and anyone else in the tech community are just PEOPLE. 

So, please, join me in making sure that we keep this as FREE as possible of any Labels that we sometimes sooo want to attach, without realization that in doing so, we immediately antagonize those we meant to bond with. 

What do you People think?


On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM, Jason Thigpen <[address removed]> wrote:
Thanks Kervin,

Below is more information that I was asked to share after volunteering.

Message from Black Girls Code.

We are so excited to be coming to New York September 15th !!

Below, I have some information about the workshop - Please let me know 1) If you are able to attend or not 2) which role(s) you would like to do as soon as you can.


If you know anyone else who is interested in volunteering feel free to give them my contact information- [address removed] or send them to the BGC volunteer application on the website.

We could really use more help with more volunteers and students in NY!

How to Build a Webpage

Event Date - Saturday, September 15
Event Time - 9-4pm
Location - TBD
Desired Attire: Your company T-Shirt or Pink & Black

Technical Volunteers can serve as a TA or Lead Instructor. (Will need to be trained by a current Lead if selected for Lead role)

Lead Instructors will do the following:
- Primary lead instructors for BGC workshop
-Teach concepts based on pre-defined curriculum plan
- Attend training with BGC staff on curriculum prior to workshop

TA/Mentor (Role for technical volunteers &ndash;programmers, web designers, software developers, etc.)

- Assist Lead Instructors during the workshop
-Answer student questions/help students to understand concepts

Non-Technical volunteers can serve in these areas below:

Set Up

-Will assist with organizing the classroom/event space, setting up with food, workstations, chairs, hanging stuff, etc

Registration/Check-in/Check-out

-Assist with organization of student check-in and check-out
-Required paperwork collection from parents

Clean-Up

- Will take place BOTH after lunch and at the end of class (approximately 3:30pm)
- Will assist with general post-event cleanup (pack away unused workshop items, reassemble classroom spaces, basic cleanup/trash removal)

Photography/Videography

-Take video clips/ photos during the event

Media/Publicity
-Provide contact information on workshops to local media outlets
-Support local outreach to community organizations, schools, etc
-Live tweets during the event / Facebook posts during the event


Best,

Travia Smith
www.blackgirlscode.org


On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Kervin Pierre <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi,
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> Black Girls Code is an activist tech projects I've been following for a while.  They're having an event in NYC if anyone's interested.
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> http://bgcnewyork.eventbrite.com/
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> http://www.blackgirlscode.org/
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> Best regards,
> Kervin
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