March 23, 2017 – CSG-hosted seminar examines women in technology and computer science
While women are rising to equality in most fields, a seminar hosted by Central Student Government Wednesday evening discussed the fact that women remain a distinct minority within technology and the sciences.
LSA junior Olivia Luciani, one of two event organizers, alongside Engineering freshman Julia O’Sullivan, expressed the importance of this topic and why she was inspired to coordinate the event.
“Visibility of women in technology and dialogues around diversity in computer science are both very important, at Michigan and nationwide,” Luciani said. “Women have made huge strides in tech industries over the past 50 years, but there are still perceptions some hold that pose unique challenges to women and may stand in the way of true gender parity in the workplace.”
Engineering Prof. Rada Mihalcea introduced the seminar by providing a presentation on why women should become involved in computer science. She shared her excitement regarding the opportunities that are opening for women within the computer-science field, focusing on its versatility and the myriad of innovations to left to discover within the area.
“We need to begin personalizing the way we teach computing to apply to more diverse population,” Mihalcea said.
Mihalcea shared her personal connection to this issue, describing her ongoing efforts to instill a positive attitude toward sciences in her young daughter. Fostering interest and curiosity in middle- and high-school-aged girls in the sciences, she stated, is important for maintaining interest later on.