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October 18, 2016

36 ICS students to attend 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

Female students attend on BRAID Initiative funding award.

Thanks to an award from the BRAID (Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity) Initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of women and students of color in computer science, the UC Irvine Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) will be sending 36 of its female undergraduate and graduate students to the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).

“GHC will be a great venue for our ICS women to network, collaborate and find mentors among an inspiring community of women technologists from around the world,” said Sharnnia Artis, assistant dean of access and inclusion. “This is an especially important opportunity for the freshman and first-year transfer students we are sending.”

The GHC 2016 conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Houston, Texas, and is produced by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology and presented in partnership with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). GHC is considered the world's largest gathering of women technologists, with more than 12,000 registered attendees this year. In addition to the 36 ICS students attending the conference, UCI will be sending staff and faculty members who are dedicated to closing the gender gap in information and computer sciences, including Sharnnia Artis, assistant dean of access and inclusion; Kris Bolcer, ICS director of student affairs; and Debra Richardson, ICS founding dean.

Richardson said, “Attendance at GHC has been demonstrated to increase women’s success and persistence in computing, a field that has a shortage of women in the workforce. We hope that with continued support from the BRAID Initiative and other organizations we can continue to provide these important professional development opportunities for our ICS students.”

Congratulations to this year’s female students in ICS:

  • Victoria Adebona
  • Samantha Applebaum
  • Sania Bishnoi
  • Andriana Braganza
  • Qiuer Chen
  • Elise Dang
  • Isley Gao
  • Ericca Go
  • Amanda Hernandez
  • Huda Herwees
  • Palak Hirani
  • Huyanh Hoang
  • Kenny Huynh
  • Elizabeth Joseph
  • Katie Khuu
  • Joey Chou Lam
  • Yixuan Li
  • Alyssa Lingad
  • Edmund Loo
  • Irish Marquez
  • Annie Neuner
  • Nova Ng
  • Kimleng Nguov
  • Janay Nunez
  • Ria Rana
  • Amanjot Saini
  • Diana Sandil
  • Xin Shen
  • Stephanie Tam
  • Julia (Hui-Yim) Tong
  • Alison Tsoi
  • Alice Wen
  • Alicia Xu
  • Crystal Yee
  • Katie Yeh
  • Shirley Zhu

The BRAID initiative launched in September 2014 in partnership with universities across the nation to increase the percentage of women and students of color majoring in computer science. Each university committed to a set of approaches to increase diversity within their computer science departments. Each department also committed to providing data for a research study that will document the progress made over the course of three years. UC Irvine is one of only 15 Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity Initiative institutions to proudly receive BRAID funding and the only school from the University of California family to be BRAID affiliated.
36 ICS students to attend 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference


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