Join us and discover what’s happening in Rhode Island to increase and sustain the number of women in tech. Hear from Desiree Forsythe of CS4RI on the specific data, a panel of students as they share their stories, and from our keynote speaker, Siu-Li Khoe, Executive Director at RIVR, on the importance of paying it forward.
About the speakers:
Desiree Forsythe has a background in genetics, data analysis, policy, and education. Her current position is Education and Outreach Coordinator for the University of Rhode Island’s Computer Science Department. One of her main focuses is on broadening participation for all students by restructuring the current CS landscape to be more inclusive and accepting of people from diverse backgrounds.
Desiree started working with the CS4RI team in the summer of 2016. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is among the most comprehensive statewide CS initiatives in the country. CS4RI uses a coalition approach by combining national initiatives with local expertise to increase and broaden participation in quality computer science education and professional development to ensure that CS learning opportunities and access are available to all Rhode Island Students in the years ahead. Just this past year, CS4RI was named nationally as a “Top 25” program by Innovations in American Government Award , developed the RI Computer Science Education Standards, and worked with 26 districts through SCRIPT to expand CS implementation.
Siu-Li Khoe served as one of five founders of Rhode Island Virtual Reality (RIVR) in September 2016 and became Executive Director in November 2017. RIVR is a growing group of engaged learners, practitioners, entrepreneurs, organizations, institutions, researchers, supporters and just curious people who think Immersive Reality tools can be a force for a better world. Siu-Li is dedicated to creating a vibrant VR/AR ecosystem in New England by bridging the gap between interest and projects. Previously Siu-Li has worked at 4-Sight L.C. (acquired), Yantra Corp (acquired), Textron (TXT), moo.com (private), SquadLocker (private).
- Elaine Jiang: Graduating Senior studying Computer Science at Brown University
- Paula Tobon: Recent multi-course graduate of The Institute of Entrepreneurship & Leadership (IEL) and Intern at the Mullings Group
- Destiny Manston: Graduating Senior at Classical Highschool studing Computer Science at URI in the fall
Iliany Garcia Martinez:
11th grade student at P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College Highschool)
*Students can attend this event for free by purchasing a ‘Student’ ticket. Please use your school email to register to verify your placement.
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