Data Science for Women Summer Camp
For the past two years, proceeds from our conference have sponsored the Data Science for Women Summer Camp. This free summer camp program is designed to create new pathways for young women in data science and analytics by integrating hands-on experience, team projects, and time spent with role models working in the field. This camp introduces young women to data science and analytics and the opportunities they present – both in college and as a career.
A 2017 report from BHEF-PWC noted that critical actions for change were necessary to create a diverse data science and analytics workforce, as men “consistently outnumber women 3-to-1”. Working with partners across campus and in the local community, the Translational Data Analytics Institute at The Ohio State University launched a summer program in 2018 that is designed to create new pathways for women in data science and analytics.
TECH CORPS Analytics Curriculum
With support from WIA, TECH CORPS is developing 3 grade-band-specific lesson plans focused on data science and analytics. These lessons will be implemented through TECH CORPS’ signature programs including Techie Club (elementary schools), Techie Club 2.0 (middle school), and Computing Career Corps (high school) in Ohio for the 2019-2020 school year. In early summer 2019, WIA formed a Curriculum Development Committee of analytics professionals who generously have donated their time and expertise to the process.
Girls Who Lead Summit
The PAST Foundation launched Girls Who Lead in 2017 to provide a platform for empowering the next generation of global leaders. This project seeks to include girls, where they have previously been excluded whether intentionally or unintentionally. Girls Who Lead seeks to increase the experience, opportunity, and accessibility of girls and young women, which in turn will change the course of lives and history of boys, young men, our LGBTQ communities, those living in poverty, in war zones, in third world countries, those fighting for freedom, and for equality, equity and inclusion.
About the Summit
The PAST Foundation held its first Girls Who Lead Summit in 2018 and focused on collecting the stories of women and girls who lead in the Columbus area. For 2019, they are focused on a 4-hour program for late Middle to High School children and their parents with the goal of making the event accessible and for free to 120 guests. They are calling the event Girls Who Lead: Leadership Unboxed.
Young Women in Tech
Young Women in Tech is a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting education among young women in the Bhutanese-Nepalese refugee community in Columbus, Ohio. In 2018, we ran a week-long summer camp from June 25 – June 29 for young women in the community ages 11-18. The camp focused on basic IT fields such as cybersecurity, google apps, coding, and graphic design. The girls were taught by several professional volunteers all provided by the IT sector of Huntington National Bank. Most were exposed to these various professions for the first time and several showed interest in pursuing careers in these fields!