ECS Distinguished Lecture with Ruthe Farmer
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Engineering & Computer Science, Room 510, Event Space
Championing Change: Creating Diversity in Tech at Scale
Ruthe Farmer, Chief Evangelist at CSforALL.org and former Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama, will share the accomplishments, lessons learned, and challenges faced over her 17 year career advocating for equity in tech and engineering, implementing President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, and working to achieve equitable K-12computer science education at scale in US schools.
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for the CSforAll Consortium. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) . Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has launched and scaled up multiple national programs including Aspirations in Computing the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. She is a guest contributor for Techcrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.