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August 6 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Title: From Rapinoe to Hopper: Learning from athletics to foster confidence in computer science for girls and women

Date: Thursday, August 6

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT // 12:00pm – 1:00pm PDT


Increasing the representation of women in computer science requires all the options and creativity we can muster, from introductory and easygoing summer workshops to Khoury’s own Align program. There are two categories where we can focus our efforts — (1) at the systemic level, make our field more inclusive and welcoming, and (2) at the individual level, increase the confidence of girls and women so they can still choose and enjoy computer science in the meantime.

This talk focuses on the latter. Through initiatives such as Women’s Community of Code and the pre-Align Mathematics Introduction, we support and encourage girls and women to explore computer science by fostering confidence. How do we learn how to build confidence? By taking lessons from athletics. Girls who play sports report increased levels of confidence at all ages, and we apply what we know from the sports arena into the computer science lab at Khoury College.

About the Speaker

Laney Strange is an associate teaching professor at Northeastern University. She’s in her sixth year of full-time teaching. In addition to her position at Northeastern, Strange is a passionate advocate for underrepresented groups in computer science. A typical Saturday morning will find her teaching Women’s Community of Code programming workshops that empower girls, women, and even local Girl Scout troops.

Registration is required – Register Here!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Khoury-GradAdministration@northeastern.edu.


August 6
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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