Phoenix, Arizona and Providence, Rhode Island – October 17, 2023
Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide in America, and Televisa Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports Latino communities living in the US through cultural and educational programs, are excited to kick off their alliance to expand the reach of the Technolochicas Code It program to Phoenix, Arizona and Providence, Rhode Island.
This collaboration is set to inspire 600 middle school Latina girls to pursue exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers. The Technolochicas Code It program covers a wide range of subjects, from web creation to app and video development, AI and robotics. Designed to be hands-on, this approach not only imparts technical skills, but also shines a spotlight on the real-world applications of STEM, making the learning journey engaging and relatable.
Currently, Latinas are significantly underrepresented in STEM fields, due to perceiving these fields as less welcoming to Hispanics and a lack of exposure to Latina mentors. Despite comprising 19.1% of the U.S. population, the 63.7 million Latinos in the U.S. receive less than 8.7% of degrees in science and engineering, with Latina women representing 4.7% (NCSES, 2023). The Technolochicas Code It program not only equips students with knowledge but also provides exposure to Latina mentors actively pursuing STEM careers and professional women already making strides in the field, fostering a more inclusive and engaging environment.
Young women in Phoenix and Providence will benefit from pursuing STEM careers, as tech employment has steadily increased in these cities over the past decade. It’s projected that the entire state of Arizona will see the sixth highest increase in tech occupation growth over the next decade. In addition to being the fifth largest city in the U.S., Phoenix has grown to become the fifth largest data center market in the country and is now ranked as the ninth largest globally. According to projections for 2018 to 2028 for Rhode Island, employment in STEM occupations is projected to grow 9.3%, much faster than the 3.9% growth rate projected for all occupations in the state.
“Infosys Foundation USA collaborates with organizations that help us bring inclusive computer science education to all. Over the past years we have designed programs to reach the Latinx community, and through our collaboration with the Televisa Foundation, we are bringing the Technolochicas Code It program to the U.S. for the first time. We are very excited about its potential to change the career trajectories for Latinx girls and hope to build shared impact going forward,” said Kate Maloney, Executive Director, Infosys Foundation USA.
An integral aspect of the Technolochicas Code It program is the active involvement of local schools, universities and community collaborators. Together, this network will create a supportive ecosystem that empowers middle school girls in Phoenix and Providence on their STEM journey. It's a space where diverse perspectives thrive and ambitious dreams take root.
Alejandro Villanueva, Executive Director, Televisa Foundation, expressed, "Our collaboration with Infosys Foundation USA embodies a shared vision to nurture the STEM aspirations of young girls. By uniting under the Technolochicas banner and harnessing the strengths of local collaborators, we aim to plant seeds of inspiration that will cultivate a diverse and thriving STEM landscape."
The Technolochicas Code It program envisions a future where Latina girls, regardless of their backgrounds, can embark on a transformative STEM journey. Through this collaboration, Infosys Foundation USA and Televisa Foundation are committed to creating enduring change in the lives of young learners and the communities they represent.
Fundación Televisa promotes the development of Mexico by generating opportunities for as many people as possible, as well as disseminating the cultural heritage of our country. We seek to have a positive and transcendent impact on the human development of people, joining efforts with public, private and civil society entities to make a significant contribution to the community.
For more information, visit fundaciontelevisa.org.
The Foundation’s mission is to expand access to computer science and maker education for K-12+ students and educators across the USA, while working to digitally upskill all learners for 21st century technology-enabled opportunities. The Foundation achieves impact through the delivery of professional development programs for educators; partnerships with leading nonprofits that reach the most underrepresented; innovative media campaigns and awards that inspire everyone to be creators, not just consumers, of technology and the Infosys Springboard USA digital learning platforms offering the latest technology trends and professional upskilling to all learners. For more information, visit Infosys.org/usa.
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