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According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, only 26% of the computing workforce in the United States are women.  Fewer than 5% of those women are women of color.  Join CITY Center for Collaborative Learning for our 3rd Annual Fall Film Screening for a screening and panel discussion of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.

CODE exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code and how do we get there?

Children and teens are welcome, and are invited to join us at the Loft at 4:30 before the film to experience coding first hand on Edison robots.  The film starts at 6:00, followed by a panel discussion with women in computer science.

Many thanks the STEMAZing Project, the University of Arizona’s Women in Science and Engineering Program, Tucson Values Teachers, the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Community Share, the University of Arizona College of Education, and The Loft Cinema for their generous cosponsorship.

Tickets are $5.00.  Click here to purchase.

Our panel of women computer scientists will consist of three amazingly talented women: Andrea Salazar, Adriana Stohn, and Jill Williams. Learn a little more about our panelists below!

Andrea is a web developer for Design Action Collective, a shop providing graphic design and web development services to progressive, non-profit, and social change organizations. She earned a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira in Colombia. Prior to joining Design Action, Andrea worked as a freelance web developer for six years – specializing in database and open source content management systems. She is committed to the social justice movement and is passionate about issues of immigrant rights. Andrea is also excited to connect with and support other women of color programmers and developers.

Adriana is a senior studying Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. She is the program coordinator and lead instructor of the U of A’s Girls Who Code chapter, encouraging middle and high school girls to pursue careers in computer science by teaching them how to code. Adriana believes coding is the ultimate gateway into the STEM community because anyone with a computer can learn the skills required to succeed. Next fall she plans to start pursuing her PhD in Computer Engineering.

Jill is a feminist social scientist, qualitative researcher, and program developer focused on understanding inequitable social systems and contributing to their transformation. She completed an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Geography from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. In November of 2014, Jill became the director of the University of Arizona’s Women in Science and Engineering program, where she develops community and campus outreach programs and student engagement opportunities aimed to foster interest and diversity in STEM fields.