Introducing the
she++ Ambassadors Program

she++ Ambassadors work in cities around the world to engage communities in a variety of tech issues including diversity and accessibility.

Our Vision

The she++ Ambassadors Program aims to foster communities that promote access to and diversity in technology on a nationwide scale. Through the events and programming spearheaded by she++ Ambassadors, we are able to extend she++’s reach to other colleges, universities and communities. We aim to cultivate conversations that emphasize the importance of a developer demographic that mirrors the demographic of technology consumers. Furthermore, we desire to highlight the myriad applications of computer science--from art to biology to finance--and stress the fact that an interest in computer science does not commit one to any particular industry.

Overview

The she++ Ambassadors Program provides resources and advisorship to college students interested in increasing the accessibility of computer science in their own communities. Our ambassadors are committed to increasing diversity, inclusiveness and excitement in and for careers in technology.

At the conclusion of the program in Spring 2016, the she++ Ambassadors will be invited to the she++ Ambassadors Summit, an all-expenses-paid 3-day trip to the Bay Area. During the Summit, the Ambassadors will have the opportunity to tour tech companies, meet influential technologists, and glean ideas and inspiration to take back to their own communities.

Program Details

For the duration of one (1) academic year, she++ Ambassadors will work to increase and celebrate diversity in technical fields by organizing three (3) main events in their community. Ambassadors will uphold communication with the she++ Ambassador Core Team for continual support and feedback throughout the program, which may consist of video conferencing and/or email correspondence. As an extension of the she++ brand, Ambassadors will have access to a variety of resources to augment their programming; this may include financial support, industry connections and event planning guidance.

she++ Ambassadors will play a direct role in developing content and experiences in line with (thought not restricted to) the following goals:

Important Dates

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the she++ Ambassadors Program:

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing the she++ Ambassadors Program Co-Directors at priyag@stanford.edu and nscrimshaw@stanford.edu.

FAQ

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SHE++ AMBASSADORS PROGRAM?

Any college student 18 years or older, regardless of gender or nationality, may apply online to be a she++ Ambassador.

IF I DO NOT LIVE IN THE US, CAN I STILL APPLY TO BE A SHE++ AMBASSADOR?

Yes! We are excited to expand our program across the globe and welcome applicants from countries outside the U.S.

ARE THERE ANY GENDER OR SEX REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SHE++ AMBASSADORS PROGRAM?

No! Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements listed above may apply to be a she++ Ambassador.

WHAT SORT OF EVENTS DO SHE++ AMBASSADORS ORGANIZE?

For the duration of one (1) academic year, she++ Ambassadors will work to increase and celebrate diversity in technical fields by organizing three (3) main events in their community. One of these events will be a she++ mini-Gala, a community wide event in Spring 2016 to celebrate diversity in tech. The other two events are up to each Ambassador; some ideas include speaker dinners, technical workshop series, hackathons, career days, she++ documentary screenings and discussions, education outings, community mixers, etc.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

WHAT IS THE SHE++ AMBASSADORS SUMMIT?

The #include Summit is a 3-day event held in Spring 2016 in Silicon Valley, where she++ Ambassadors will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, tour some of the world’s top tech companies, attend workshops, and gain inspiration to take back and share with their communities.

WHO ATTENDS THE #INCLUDE SUMMIT?

Only she++ Ambassadors may attend the she++ Ambassadors Summit.

I WAS A SHE++ AMBASSADOR LAST YEAR. MAY I APPLY AGAIN?

We are so happy to see you again! You are welcome to apply again for the she++ Ambassador Program. Please note that you will not receive any special consideration in the application process; all applicants will be evaluated equally regardless of whether or not they were a previous she++ Ambassador.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE PREVIOUS TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE?

We are looking for students with an interest in technology, a grasp of basic technical concepts, and an in-depth understanding of the technical needs of their community. That being said, you do not need to be majoring in or working in a technical field to apply to the she++ Ambassadors Program. Our goal is to get more students involved in technology, and for you to inspire others to do so as well.

WHO WERE LAST YEAR’S SHE++ AMBASSADORS?

Check out last year’s she++ Ambassadors here.

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR THE SHE++ AMBASSADORS PROGRAM/SUMMIT…

Awesome! We’d love to hear from you. Please send any ideas, questions, or concerns you might have to she++ Ambassadors Program Co-Directors Priya Ganesan (priyag@stanford.edu) and Nathalia Scrimshaw (nscrimshaw@stanford.edu).

Current Ambassadors

Yoko Kanai

Yoko Kanai is a junior at Vanderbilt University, studying Neuroscience and Computer Science. Although she grew up in Palo Alto, Yoko did not start coding until her freshman year of college, when she took an introductory programming course for a neuroscience elective credit. Outside of academics, Yoko is involved in several political advocacy organizations and also helps teach science and programming at local middle schools. Although she spends much of her time studying, she can usually be found drinking coffee, playing the violin, singing, and/or wearing lots of black.

Diana Lee

Diana is a second year student at University College London studying MEng Mathematical Computation. She is a self-taught web developer and is really interested in security and open data. Outside of academics, she is a Lead Curriculum Developer and Instructor for Code First: Girls in London, the Client and Public Relations Director for the Technology Society, and the President of the Pole Fitness Society. She also really loves Pokémon, cute cat gifs and GitHub.

Caeley Looney

Caeley is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Caeley has been programming since sixth grade when she discovered her passion for STEM through FIRST Robotics. Since then, she has learned how to develop mobile applications, web applications, and games using Java, MATLAB, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and C#. Caeley loves coding and is an active member of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community. She can't wait to bring her passion for programming into play as a she++ Ambassador this year!

Chanya Dudley

Chanya Dudley is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science at Cal State University, Northridge. She plans on applying her Computer Science knowledge to the space exploration industry along with innovative research in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. Chanya’s interests in science began at an early age, but she was steered away by the stereotypes and lack of female role models in the STEM community. Upon entering college, her interests were revived by the exciting possibilities she saw in STEM, and she decided not to let the gender gap and negative stereotypes limit her from pursuing CS. As a she++ ambassador, Chanya hopes to spark discussion about the vital role of CS in society and to empower students to feel confident to pursue CS and impact the world.

Dora Palfi

Dora Palfi is a senior at NYU Abu Dhabi majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a Concentration in Computer Science. Inspired by the people she met during her studies in New York, Dora co-founded a student organization called weSTEM (women empowered in STEM) that is aiming to promote diversity and female presence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at NYU Abu Dhabi, in the UAE and beyond. Dora was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, but over the past few years she has lived and studied in the UAE, the US, Spain, Argentina, and Italy, developing a passion for traveling and an appreciation for learning about different cultures. In her free time Dora loves to exercise, is a member of her university’s soccer team, and is aiming to improve her community through her work as Resident Assistant.

Noorain Hussain

Noorain Hussain is a junior at Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology, India, majoring in computer science. She was fascinated by computers ever since she was a kid, and although her interest in technology was unique in her community, she has followed her passion. She looks forward to being a part of the she++ community to encourage more women to not only take up computer science, but also to accomplish what they thought was never possible.

Kelly Piper

Kelly Piper is a sophomore at Ohio State University studying Data Analytics with a specialization in Business Analytics. She is actively involved on campus in the Big Data & Analytics Association, the Ohio State Honors & Scholars Ambassadors program, various mentor and tutor programs, and Greek life. She is passionate about making a difference and hopes to be able to combine her love for people with her love for computational analytics. As a she++ ambassador, she aims to promote the technology field in an exciting way and establish a support system to encourage more girls to pursue computer science.

Julia Seward

Julia is in her second year at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, Massachusetts), and she is majoring in computer science. She has always been passionate about technology and has developed a love for increasing and celebrating diversity in the technical fields. This second interest is why she is so excited to be part of the she++ Ambassadors Program.

Divya Upadhyay

Divya Upadhyay is a proud “girl geek” in love with technology and entrepreneurship. She is a senior at the National Institute of Technology in Patna, India, and she is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. She is an Open Source supporter, developer, and mentor, and she wishes to make students around her passionate about contributing to the technology industry. She enjoys working on creative projects and is always open to discussing innovative ideas about developing products and services or empowering communities. As a she++ Ambassador, she aims to help students around her to realize the potential of the amazing world of Computer Science and create a ripple effect such that they go on to inspire other people around them.

Christina Garman

Christina is a fifth year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where her research focuses on cryptography and computer security. Her undergraduate degrees, from Bucknell University, are in computer science, engineering, and mathematics. In her spare time she likes to read and helps coach (and plays on) the club lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins. Christina is excited to be part of the she++ program and to help support and mentor other women in computer science.

Lizzie Siegle

Lizzie, a sophomore CS major at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), was first introduced to computer science during her senior year of high school at Stanford's “Girls Teaching Girls to Code” workshop. Ever since, she has enjoyed pursuing CS by learning iOS and web development and attending hackathons in her spare time. As tutor for CodeHS, she is also passionate about education and, at the moment, hopes to teach for Teach for America. She is very excited to spread computer science in the Philadelphia area.