What I have learned about equality/diversity since being around YWebCA:
I was recently tasked with conducting various mock interviews as the students continue to move forward in building professional skills. This was an exciting opportunity for it allowed me the chance to really get to know some of the students on a one-on-one basis. During my interviews, I was truly touched and surprised by the life experiences each brought to the table. Many have overcome personal and professional obstacles, but what remained the same was the desire to do better for themselves and for their families. For the students, the YWebCA represents an opportunity many have never been afforded.
Through class discussions and guest lectures, I have learned how the gender and racial gap persists in the tech field. This information was at first disheartening when one thinks of how tech is one of the largest growing industries, and women and people of color are being left outside. However, it was also inspiring for it made me see first hand how important programs like the YWebCA are for communities. The YWebCA strives to bridge this gap from an equity approach. That is to say, it provides people with what they need in order to succeed, more specifically women and people of color. Programs like the YWebCA are instrumental in providing opportunity for personal and professional growth for marginalized members of the community. These are individuals who, because of systems of oppression, are not often given the chance for mobility.
I am continuous thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a program and to learn from the students. Just because you may not have been given all the tools you needed to succeed does not mean the desire is not there.
– Paola Gonzalez