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Coding, Equity, and Virtual Learning Made Simple with Girls Who Code is a poster in the 2020 PNLA Virtual Poster Session. We encourage you to engage in discussion by leaving a comment on the page. The author of the poster will respond to comments the week of August 4-7, 2020.

Presenter: Emily Ong

Track: Public & School Libraries

Abstract: Are you looking for easy ways to implement equity-focused STEM programs into your library — either in-person or virtually? Join Emily Ong, Senior Manager of Community Partnerships & Outreach at Girls Who Code, to learn best practices for building inclusive and holistic coding programs with adaptable options for the virtual learning landscape. Through a walkthrough of the Girls Who Code Clubs model, you will gain tangible tips and activities you can implement right away and learn how to unlock Girls Who Code’s free virtual resources and curriculum for 3-12th graders of all skill-levels and genders.

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About the Presenter: Emily Ong is the Senior Manager of Community Partnerships and Outreach at Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit that works to close the gender gap in tech. Before devoting her work to Girls Who Code, Emily had previously served in community organizer roles at GO Project, United Way of NYC, Greater Oaks Charter School, and New York University to fight for positive change within historically underserved communities. She received both her BA and her MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University. With this experience, Emily aspires to bring people together with purpose, creativity, and a steadfast dedication to social justice.

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Rick
6 days ago

Emily — thank you for supporting the PNLA virtual poster sessions. Can you share examples of how Girls Who Code have partnered with colleges and universities?

Ilana
Reply to  Rick
6 days ago

@Rick I was wondering the same thing. Girls Who Code seems like such a great opportunity! I sure wish there was something like this when I was growing up.

Emily
Reply to  Ilana
6 days ago

Hi Rick and Ilana — Thank you so much for your notes!

Great question — we do partner with colleges and universities primarily through our College Loops program. It’s a great way to provide additional support for college students studying CS and related fields and give them access to Girls Who Code Talks (live virtual events, newsletters, and more) and other benefits. Feel free to check out the website for more info!

We’ve also in the past worked with universities and colleges to start Girls Who Code Clubs for 3-5th and 6-12th grade students in the neighboring community. You can always host a Club, have your college students support as co-Facilitators or TAs, and use it as a way to connect the college students more to the local community.

Rick
Reply to  Emily
6 days ago

I am curious about an academic library trying to host a club on campus that might draw kids from the community on to a college campus so they can see college a future pathway too. Maybe Ilana and I could pilot something at our respective libraries.

Ilana
Reply to  Emily
6 days ago

I love the idea of starting a club for grade students in the community and having them come to the University!

Emily
Reply to  Ilana
5 days ago

Great ideas! That would be such a nice way to also bridge the college and surrounding community together. A few other university Girls Who Code Clubs were also popular because the students loved being able to see what it was like on a campus. You can even invite some of your college students to join as one-off volunteer opportunities where they could be a real life women in tech spotlight to speak with your students as guest speakers!

Pam Henley
5 days ago

This was a great poster! Like Ilana, I wish there had been something like this when I was a kid. I’d like to see more public libraries involved in this effort. Thanks so much for being part of our virtual sessions.

Emily
Reply to  Pam Henley
5 days ago

I’m so glad you found it helpful, Pam! I definitely feel the same. We actually have a coding club in our own office — so I’m learning coding myself now as well since I had previously worked in more the educational non-profit and special education services space. Never too late to learn! Glad we could be a part of PNLA!

lgfraser
Admin
5 days ago

Emily, thanks for sharing information about Girls Who Code and supporting the PNLA poster sessions. I love your programs’ focus on developing a growth mindset. That’s so needed in today’s world. Like others have said, I wish this was around when I was growing up!

Emily
Reply to  lgfraser
4 days ago

It was my absolute pleasure! I’m so glad we were able to support and share some of the SEL components that are so integral across all aspects of our work — especially when introducing our young people to STEM and coding. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the conference!