Anne is a full-time student at the University of Utah with her sights set on becoming a software engineer. She’s passionate about Avatar: The Last Airbender, reading, and all things relating to turtles. You may be charmed outwardly by her pleasant demeanor, but do not be deceived—on the inside resides a stone-cold Super Smash Bros. executioner.
This is part 2 of a 2 part series. You can read part 1 here. Anne: Several of you are involved as Diversity and Equity Mentors for the Computer Science Department at BYU (Brigham Young University), can you tell us a bit about that? Savannah: I’m the lead mentor for the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Mentors at BYU and it’s really awesome. We used to be called the Women’s Initiative’s Mentors, so we focus primarily on women because it is the largest minority group in computer science. But when COVID-19 hit, we broadened our initiatives to include our LGBTQ+ and international students.
This is part 1 of a 2 part series. You can read part 2 here. This edition of our blog comes from a special guest writer, Anne Arnold, daughter of Smarty’s own Wes Arnold. Anne will soon graduate high school and as part of her career exploration, she had the opportunity to sit down with the women on Smarty’s software development team. They each shared how they discovered their love for coding, what it’s like to be the only woman in class, and how they’re helping spread the opportunities for prospective women in code like Anne.