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When Genny Centeno Metri started an undergraduate diploma in software program engineering in her dwelling metropolis of Merida, Mexico, she couldn’t assist however ask, “The place are all the ladies? Am I in the suitable classroom?”
Impressed by her introduction to laptop science schooling, Genny needed to do one thing to make a distinction and slender the gender hole in expertise. As she graduates from the Grasp of Utilized Pc Science, she will be able to actually say that she’s succeeded.
In 2014, Genny joined the Merida chapter of world non-profit Girls Who Code, a company that evokes girls internationally to excel in expertise careers. She labored remotely as a director for the chapter all through her research at Dalhousie.
Girls Who Code operates throughout 84 chapters worldwide and have interaction girls by way of occasions, mentorship and expertise growth.
“All of the audio system are girls, we’re making an attempt to make their work seen and making an attempt to make individuals conscious of what girls are engaged on and provides position fashions to individuals which can be finding out their bachelors proper now, to see that if these women can do it, they will do it as properly,” says Genny. “And, additionally create a neighborhood the place they know that in the event that they want any help, they will come to us, if they’re going by way of a tough time both emotionally or academically, they will come to us.”
Genny is especially pleased with the work her chapter has accomplished for rural communities by way of their occasion programming.
“We’ve got little cities round us and previously yr we’ve got been in a position to go to colleges like elementary or excessive colleges and we take the identical workshops we give right here within the metropolis and provides them to the small communities round us,” says Genny. “So, the ladies there additionally get familiarized with the probabilities of the tech world as a result of a few of them, for instance, solely have entry to computer systems in school and not likely at dwelling so we attempt to current what the probabilities are and what they will do once they develop up.”
Introduction to the workforce
Genny moved to Halifax to start her research within the Grasp of Utilized Pc Science program in 2018. This system gives college students with the choice to take numerous streams primarily based on their pursuits and goals. At present they select from an internship in business, entrepreneurship or a undertaking.
“I actually just like the utilized method of it, of how even the programs have been very sensible within the sense that it wasn’t solely the idea of it, however you can additionally get to apply and play with it,” says Genny. “I actually like the truth that you had the choice of doing a undertaking or beginning your individual firm, or you can do an internship. And, I believed that if I used to be set to remain in Canada, the internship could be an excellent choice to type of introduce myself to the Canadian office because it was fully new to me, I had no concept how completely different or how related it was going to be to what I used to be used to. It may be hectic, and you must put quite a lot of work into it, however principally everybody in this system will get a place for the internship, which is nice.”
Throughout her time in this system, Genny was awarded with the Citizenship Award and a MACS Medal of Excellence on the annual Pc Science Society’s Snowball Awards.
“I actually loved my time at Dalhousie, and I am very grateful for the expertise and the help from mates, college and employees all through these months.”
By way of the internship choice, Genny labored with Jazz Aviation, she continued to work with the corporate afterwards. As a consequence of circumstances regarding COVID-19 Genny is at present at dwelling in Merida however hopes to return to Halifax as quickly as she will be able to.
Within the meantime, Genny continues her work with Girls Who Code the place she has lately launched a brand new mentorship program in collaboration with an area college.
“It’s been nice to listen to what they’re inquisitive about, what they’re going by way of, I see myself in them,” says Genny.
“I actually need them to know there’s a neighborhood right here and there’s a gaggle of girls which have been by way of the identical issues they’re going by way of proper now. It’s not the top of the world and we can assist them, so that they don’t should let this go, they don’t should get out of this system.”