Girls Who Code summer program kicks off with Girl Rising premiere

Intel Corp.’s Girls Who Code program will be coming to UC Davis this summer. Now in its second year, Girls Who Code aims to educate and inspire 13- to 17-year-old girls to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.

UC Davis is the first university to be a Girls Who Code training site, according to Professor Ray Rodriguez, director of the Global HealthShare Initiative at UC Davis, who is coordinating the local effort.

‘This projects fits will with Global HealthShare’s mission to improve health, wellness and prosperity in the developing world, starting with health and education for girls and women.  Global HealthShare has a collaboration with a agricultural college in India who will be working with us toward this end,” Rodriguez said.

About 20 girls, 15 to 17 selected from the surrounding area will participate in the 8-week Girls Who Code class at UC Davis this summer. Other training sites nationwide include Intel, Goldman Sachs, Twitter, Google, and eBay.

Girls Who Code kicked off last Thursday, March 7 with premiere screenings of a new documentary, “Girls Rising.” The film tells the stories of nine girls growing up around the world with the voices of stars including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep.  nicholas wray, sacramento photographerThe local premiere was at the IMAX Theater in Sacramento: pictured on the red carpet, from left to right are: Leroy Tripette, Intel Corporate External Affairs Manager; Christina Chin, head of Corporate Affairs; Tammy Cyphert, VP Intel Architecture Group, GM PC Client Operations and Outbound Marketing; and Rodriguez, with a check for $100,000 to support Girls Who Code at UC Davis this summer.

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