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Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems Florida Gulf Coast University
Technology Technician II at Chico's FAS, Inc
I am currently studying Computer Information Systems along with Business Management at Florida Gulf Coast University. I don't know where I want to work yet, but I know it will be something in the technology world.
I run AspireIT camps in Fort Myers, Florida and Naples, Florida. These are summer camps that focus on exposing students to different computer science fields and various engineering activities. The camps are aimed towards girls between the ages of 10 and 14. This is my third year running the camp and I couldn't be happier doing so!
Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?
I recommend the exploration of careers in science and technology because they are fields with enormous growth potential that, at the moment, lack minorities--particularly women. I was the only girl in my computer classes. I thought these numbers were going to change when I got to college, which they did, but in one of my classes, I was the only Hispanic woman. That never stopped my interest in Computer Science, as a matter of fact it increased my interest in the field.
I looked up to women such as Luz Rivas, founder and executive director of DIY Girls, whose mission is to increase women and girls’ interest in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences. It only motivated me to follow my this path. We need more women in these field so that it'll allow us to change the numbers and statistics out there, and make tech a representative industry. That's my reason for wanting other Latina girls to explore careers in tech.