increasing diversity in computer science
EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CODE TO IMPROVE OUR WORLD
- This vision especially applies to young people, especially females, racial and ethnic minorities, and those with special needs.
- These groups need the tools to contribute their unique perspectives and expertise to computer science advancements.
- Having diversity in this field will allow for a multitude of perspectives that can expand the understanding of the availability and positive effects of this technology.
- This expansion would create a space for new ideas and be beneficial to all people
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”
Marian Wright Edelman
Juliette Bautista Barahona, has always been one of the very few women in the STEM field, she studied System Engineer (Computer Science) and has an MBA. She was named one of the up and coming young executives with the most promise in Peru’s corporate environment.
In 2018 she moved to Utah, to get medical treatment for her daughter. Her family is involved in the community and they formed relationships with families who have children with special needs. She fell in love with their amazing hearts, intelligence and creativity. In fact, she noticed there was not an after school program offered in STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Maths) for kids and there is a low participation of women, people with special needs, immigrants and minority groups in STEM careers. “In my mind and my heart, I believe these groups, must be included, exposed, and offered opportunities to participate in STEM programs”.
In 2019 she created “Club Ability” which was started at the Bountiful Food Pantry, and then it has been supported by other nonprofits such as Women of World, Suazo Center, Worldwide Child Relief Foundation, West Side Leadership, NeighborWorks and University Neighborhood Partner.
“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn”