Educational Technology

October 31, 2011

Grant seeks to get more high school girls interested in technology

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By Laurie D. Willis, Livingstone College

It’s no secret that there aren’t enough women in the technology field. But Livingstone College hopes to change that. The college’s Black Data Processing Associates chapter, or BDPA, has been awarded a $500 grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology to raise awareness and interest in technology among high school girls. The grant’s official name is Return Path Student Seed Fund. “We plan to go to area high schools and introduce female students to women who have achieved success in the computer field,” said Trevor Stuart, president of Livingstone’s BDPA chapter. “It’s very important for women to be more involved in the technology field.” Stuart, a sophomore majoring in computer information systems, said his organization is scheduled to talk to students at Salisbury High School in November. Dr. Kathryn J. Moland, chairwoman of Livingstone College’s Computer Information Systems Department, said the school is partnering with Salisbury High School’s Me Time Girls Mentoring Group to raise awareness about technology. Me Time focuses on self esteem, self awareness and self reliance, said Sakinah Riley, founder and advisor.

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