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Why Facebook and Every Other Tech Company Needs Several Seats on the Diversity Train

Why Facebook and Every Other Tech Company Need Several Seats on the Diversity Train

I can’t. As a Black female in computer science, I’m so mentally and emotionally spent on this topic that I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s start with this. A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that Facebook blames their lack of diversity on the lack of available talent. Continue Reading »

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What Every K-12 Parent Should be Doing this Summer

What Every K-12 Parent Should be Doing this Summer

You know, we spend so much time writing articles and talking about what students should be doing to better prepare themselves for college and beyond. However, we rarely take the time to discuss what parents should be doing to help their child (ren). The truth is, no child can make it on his/her own academically, Continue Reading »

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The Importance of Role Models in Tech Diversity

The Importance of Role Models in Tech Diversity

I first realized I was the exception, not the rule, around the age of 19. I was a second-semester freshman taking Intro to Programming at Johnson C. Smith University, a small HBCU in Charlotte, NC. At the time, I intended to major in Marketing and minor in Computer Science, so this was the first of Continue Reading »

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10 Financial Aid Mistakes College Students Make

Blog: 10 Financial Aid Mistakes College Students Make

It’s that time of year….TAX SEASON!! Well, that too (which is a very important part of this blog). With every new January 1 comes the reminder that, if someone in your household is a current or soon-to-be undergraduate, then finding financial aid should be a high on your priority list of things to do right Continue Reading »

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Black is the New Black: Diversity in the Tech Industry….from a Black Computer Scientist

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Let’s be clear about one thing from the start: I’m a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science.  No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I’ve been “leaning in” since birth. This topic (and blog post) has been a long time coming.  I wasn’t sure, at first, how to best put my thoughts to words.  Then Continue Reading »

Parents…Let Your Kids Lose Sometimes

Parents, Let Your Kids Lose Sometimes

Soooooo…. I don’t even know where to begin. A few weeks ago, Nayla Kidd disappeared from NYU. For those who don’t know the story, she was an engineering student and, after a couple of weeks, she was found, alive and healthy. She’d dropped out, moved to another part of the city, changed all her bank Continue Reading »

What Every High-School Student Should Be Doing This Summer

What Every High-School Student Should be Doing This Summer

It’s summer time! Time to put down those pens and pencils, turn in those textbooks, log off the computer (unless it’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, of course), and take a break from school. At least that’s what most high-school students assume. Unfortunately, with the rising costs of a college education, coupled with the increasing competition Continue Reading »