Six students were able to attend Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

At the beginning of the month, six of our CSE students were able to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).  This conference is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, with around 20,000 women in attendance. We are so proud that we were able to have students represent Miami at this event.

Students at Grace Hopper Conference

CSE students at Grace Hopper Conference               

The conference was hosted in Houston, Texas, and was designed to give attendees the ability to attend break out sessions lead by industry leaders, and spend a day at a Career Expo, which many respected companies focused on recruiting women.

Shauna Weiss,  a senior software engineering major, attended GHC and learned so much  from the experience. She highlighted that the conference taught her to “seize opportunities when they arise” and the “importance of confidence. It took of confidence to “to walk into a room of 20,000 extremely qualified women, but if you are confident enough in your ability and communicate your skills appropriately, your opportunities will be boundless.”

Cheney Lyford, a senior mathematics and computer science major, had a similar impactful experience. She said that it was amazing to see all these women making a difference in a male dominated field. “As someone who’s always been surrounded by men, it was really inspiring to see so many women who were so accomplished and passionate about technology. I really gained a sense of belonging.” She “highly recommends the conference to anyone who is able to attend” because it is an invaluable experience for all!

The students want to thank the CSE department for funding them and allowing them to attend this conference. They thank the department for allowing them to have this impactful experience.

By Maggie Cavanaugh, CEC Reporter