Adrienne Harrell

Adrienne Harrell

Adrienne Harrell
Santa Cruz, California


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NCWIT Pacesetters UC Santa Cruz - Adrienne Harrell Hi, I'm Adrienne Harrell and I'm from the University of California Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz, we have been able to increase the number of women majoring in Computer Science by over 40 percent in the last two years. Faculty and staff in the Jack Baskin School of Engineering are taking a multi-tiered approach to increasing the meaningful participation of women and girls in computing. At the middle school level, we are reaching out to girls through a summer program called Girls in Engineering, which focuses on Computer Science and Engineering. At the high school level, we are participating in the NCWIT Bay Area affiliate of the Aspirations in Computing Award, a road show, and an NSS-sponsored Scholarship Program. The NCWIT Aspirations Award and the road show are both designed to encourage young women to continue to pursue their interest in computing. The NSS Scholarship Program focuses on educationally disadvantaged students, provides a unique live-and- learn environment and provides a common first-year curriculum. We're also reaching out to current young women at UC Santa Cruz. We have redesigned an entry-level computer science course. We've introduced a new entry-level computer science course. Finally, we've launched Project Awesome, which is an aggressive marketing campaign targeting first- and second-year women at UC Santa Cruz. The campaign includes an attractive brochure that was mailed to the women, at home, inviting them to a number of events and activities. We've also created a Project Awesome website. You can check it out for yourself at awesome.soe.edu. Thank you. Transcription by CastingWords

My Story...

I sat in the red chair in October 2011 to tell our story about how the number of women majoring in Computer Science at UCSC has increased by 40% over the past two years. I am part of shaping a more inclusive technical world. The most rewarding part is challenge, creativity, and choice! A challenge faced by women in tech is often being the only - or one of few - the culture of IT is not always welcoming. There is so much opportunity, and participation by girls and women is the only way to ensure their needs and concerns can be included so they can influence the creation of a better world.