Congratulations to Our GHC 19 Scholars

Congratulations to Our GHC 19 Scholars

Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is the perfect opportunity for students to gain the resources they need to help them thrive in their careers, and for faculty to learn how best to help their students reach their goals. With so many sessions aimed specifically at academics, GHC is a life-changing experience that they won’t want to miss. To help as many people as possible attend the Celebration, AnitaB.org and our sponsoring organizations provide hundreds of scholarships each year to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in computing and tech. These scholarships cover registration, travel, hotel, and meals, allowing our scholars to take advantage of everything GHC has to offer.

This year, we are sending a total of 910 student scholars to GHC 19, 133 of whom are international students. These students range from undergraduate students in their first year of college to graduate students earning their doctorate degrees. We offer plenty of sessions to meet the varying needs of these students, from our CRA-W sessions on thriving in graduate school to our Mentoring Circles where students can get quality career advice specific to their needs.

Our student scholars also come from diverse backgrounds. This year, we have scholars representing 69 different countries and 49† U.S. states/territories. You can also see a breakdown of the race and ethnicity of our accepted scholars in the chart below. We will be hosting numerous networking socials to celebrate our diverse groups of women technologists.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Student Scholars* Percentage of Student Scholars**
African or African American/Black 222 24.40%
Alaska Native or American Indian/Native American 34 3.74%
Asian or Asian-American 332 36.48%
European or Euro-American/White 316 34.73%
Hispanic or Latinx 143 15.71%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 17 1.87%
Underrepresented Minority*** 358 39.34%
Women of Color**** 668 73.41%

We are also sending 50 faculty scholars to GHC, where they will learn how to further their careers, as well as how to increase diversity within their departments. This year, we have faculty scholars representing 13 different countries and 25† U.S. states/territories. We will likewise offer multiple sessions aimed specifically at faculty, which you can view in our online schedule. You can view the race and ethnicity breakdown of our faculty scholars below.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Faculty Scholars* Percentage of Faculty Scholars**
African or African American/Black 12 24.00%
Alaska Native or American Indian/Native American 2 4.00%
Asian or Asian-American 14 28.00%
European or Euro-American/White 24 48.00%
Hispanic or Latinx 9 18.00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 2.00%
Underrepresented Minority*** 18 36.00%
Women of Color**** 30 60.00%

Congratulations to all of our GHC 19 Scholars! We can’t wait to meet you in Orlando!

† Including Puerto Rico and The District of Columbia (D.C)

*Numbers are based on scholars’ self-reported information. Those who indicated more than one race or ethnicity are counted in both categories.

**Percentages do not add up to 100 because scholars were able to select more than one category.

***Includes any scholar who selected African or African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or Native American.

****Includes any scholar who selected African or African American/Black, Asian or Asian American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or Native American.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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