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Elevating the voices of Black women in computing
Elevating the voices of Black women in computing
Code[dot].play() – Episode 010
From biology to biomedical research, and ultimately high performance computing, Dr. Raquell Holmes has had a very “circuitous” journey. In college, she had professors who weren’t able to help foster her interest in mathematics. But one professor gave her the support she needed, by giving her a window into the life of research. It wasn’t until she was working on her graduate school research that she became interested in the world of computing. Today, her work of bringing computing to...
Making History Every Day – Episode 009
With parents in computing, a career in CS was a natural fit for Dr. Day. Math was her favorite subject because she could check her answers. She was developing websites in middle school and by the time she reached HS she knew she wanted to attain a PhD. Dr. Day is the first woman to receive a PhD from NCA&T. In this episode, you’ll learn how faith, determination, and hard work are what she believes led to her success. And she shares the importance of having multiple mentors, which may even...
Never Hustle Backwards – Episode 008
🎶Humanities in technology and culture in research. Users in design and training the teacher. Branding herself for conscious customizing. These are a few of Nancy’s favorite things. 🎶 In this episode, Nancy schools us on the importance of inclusive UX (user experience) design and adapting technology to have a conscience. It’s impossible to design for a population that you don’t seek to understand, and she has made this her brand.
All Work and All Play – Episode 007
Listen in as Nancy Douyon, The Missy Elliot of Technology, gives insight into how her inquisitive nature opened doors. Nancy attributes much of her success to “hood logic” and not knowing any better. But truth be told, Nancy has a tenacious, never give up attitude that stems back to her Caribbean roots. We loved her “superhero origin story” so much, that this episode is just her intro!
Lady Boss: Black Tech Founders – Episode 006
In this episode you’ll meet Dr. Angelique Johnson, Founder and CEO of MemStim. Learn what its like starting and running a company that combines computing and medicine to develop microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for cochlear implants. She shares some of her strategies for pitching to investors and gaining business skills. She describes why she turned down funding from an investor because she kept in mind the golden rule: he who holds the gold makes the rules. We (of course) also talk...
Instabrand- Episode 005
From math to CS, Jamie has experienced several transitions along her educational journey. In this episode, we dive deep into what it’s like to be a graduate student. Learn how her love for video games inspired her to pursue research. Jamie believes programming is an art form. And as the developer of Lyrics 2 Code, she encapsulates her creative ability by coding small, impactful lyrics. Warning: this episode is filled with lots of laughs.
Computer Science is for Everyone – Episode 004
Episode 4 - Computer Science is for EveryoneHosts: Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy WaisomeGuest: Dr. Jamika BurgeDescription: : Roots. Rome. Religion. And Black Girl Magic. Listen in as Dr. Jamika Burge describes what mentorship means to her. She’s a self-described “big city girl with a country heart” who used the knowledge she gained from attending HBCUs to leverage tech as a vehicle for her success. Dr. Jamika D. Burge is a Senior Manager at Capital One, where she oversees research...
The Secret Life of the “Only” Magical Black Girl – Episode 003
Episode 3 - Why is This Even Important? Part 2: The Secret Life of the “Only” Magical Black GirlHosts: Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy WaisomeNCWIT Contributor: Dr. JeffriAnne WilderGuest: Dr. Stacie LeSureDescription: True support for underrepresented science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing students in higher education is rare. To combat issues of access, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Stacie LeSure created Engineers 4 Equity. In this episode, we encourage you not to fake...
I Can’t Fake Humble… – Episode 002
Episode 2 - Why is This Even Important? Part 1: I Can’t Fake Humble...Hosts: Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy WaisomeNCWIT Contributor: Dr. JeffriAnne WilderGuest: Dr. Stacie LeSureDescription: True support for underrepresented science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing students in higher education is rare. To combat issues of access, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Stacie LeSure created Engineers 4 Equity. In this episode, we encourage you not to fake humble and take control of...
Introducing Modern Figures Podcast – Episode 001
Hosts: Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy Waisome NCWIT Contributor: Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder Black women were pioneers in various fields of computing, but it’s often hard to find their stories, even today. This episode introduces Modern Figures Podcast and begins the story of how we will elevate the voices of Black women in computing to inspire the next generation of the advanced technology workforce.