This fall, Girls Who Code will launch its first-ever program dedicated to supporting college-aged women in computer science: Girls Who Code College Loops.
College Loops, hosted on 30 college campuses across the country to start, are university-level community networks for women in computer science. As a part of the organization’s commitment to increasing diversity in computer science, College Loops will debut at both four-year and two-year institutions — where 50 percent of Hispanic and Black undergraduates are enrolled at the college level.
The organization expects this new initiative to eventually serve its nearly 13,000 college-aged alumni and other college-aged women studying computer science or related fields.
“For the past 6 years, Girls Who Code programs have dramatically expanded the pipeline of young women in computer science,” said Loraya Harrington-Trujillo, Director of Alumni Programs at Girls Who Code. “We’ve given our girls the skills they needed to pursue computer science — and now, with the launch of College Loops, we’re giving them the support they need to succeed in college and thrive in the tech workforce.”
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