We are here to educate, teach, and raise awareness about race and gender inequalities in STEM at Stanford University. As Stanford students, we live, breath, and see these injustices take place in our very own home. We decided it was time to speak up and address what we see with our own eyes. The inspiration for our project came from the classroom, Through close readings and discussions in Race and Gender in Silicon Valley, CS 80Q, we became increasingly aware of the lack of diversity that exists right outside the gates of The Farm, in Silicon Valley and technology companies. We decided to zoom in and talk to our peers to see the extent to which these problems occured on our campus. We interviewed a group of Stanford engineering students to hear their stories about their experiences in engineering here. With their permission, we have shared their stories with all of you - with the hope that their stories will inspire and enact change and progress. In addition, we have compiled a list of resources for you to browse and explore for more information. We hope that this project opens your eyes to inequality in tech, begins discussion, and enacts change in our intellectual space.
My name is Ruth-Ann Armstrong and I'm a sophomore from Jamaica here at Stanford, majoring in CS. I write for Academics at The Stanford Daily, and serve as a project manager for BYTES (Black Youth Teams Engineering Success), and the Financial Officer for the Caribbean Students Association (CSA). Diversity and inclusion are important to me because everyone has talents that could be used to solve the world's most complex problems.
Hi everyone! My name is Caroline Ricksen and I am a freshman at Stanford University interested in studying Symbolic Systems and a marketing intern for Stanford Women in Business. I am passionate about diversity in STEM because I truly believe that it is a field that can positively change the world. Any person, of any race, gender, or status, should have the opportunity to contribute to something so great.
My name is Anna Boonyanit, and I’m a sophomore at Stanford University majoring in computer science. I’m super passionate about race and gender equality in tech because diversity of background is imperative for successful products. I am an executive member for Women in CS (WiCS) and am leading the innovations fellowship program which pairs CS students with a mentor in industry to work on a diversity issue.
Hi! My name is Becky Liang and I am a sophomore at Stanford University considering Asian American Studies or Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. I am interested in issues surrounding equity and inclusion in all areas, including educational and professional, and am thrilled to be a part of this project exploring issues of accessibility within STEM.