Community Engagement

Harrisonburg Girls Who Code Founder

January 2018

Girls Who Code is an international organization that offers free after-school programs for girls 9-12 to use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. 

 

The curriculum is designed by the organization for students with a wide range of computer science experience. Prior to 2018, Harrisonburg, VA did not have a Girls Who Code anywhere near the area. To support this community, I established the first Girls Who Code club in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club. 

In 2016, I was trained by the Stanford University Design School to be a part of the University Innovation Fellows. Since then, I have to planned, marketed, and executed two JMU 24-hour Hackathons titled Bluestone Hacks.

 

This event is completely student created and executed. As the Lead Fellow, I was responsible for all marketing collateral prior to, during, and after the event. I also create all t-shirt designs, posters, marketing videos, and a website for each Hackathon. 
 

University Innovation Fellow's Hackathon

2016 - 2018

International Community Engagement

May 2017

The Summer of 2017, I traveled abroad to Ireland to engage in two major interdisciplinary community projects in County Kildare and Cork. The most influential project I partook in was in the small town of Rathangan where our group assisted in creating a 2018 application for their  Tidy Towns Committee. 

 

For this event, I constructed a community brainstorm: planning the activities that would occur during the event, marketing the event around Rathangan via posters and social media, and created social media resources for those on the Tidy Town's committee to sustain the town's online presence after JMU left. 

 

This study abroad program, focused on STEAM problem-solving, was a prototype. To assist in its marketing moving forward, a fellow student on the trip and I created a promotional website for the trip to be used by the university.