A community created by and for the Latinas in computing with a mission of promoting their representation and success in computing-related fields.
The Latinas in Computing (LiC) community was established with the help of the Anita Borg Insitute for Women in Technology (ABI) after a Birds of a Feather session at the 2006 Grace Hopper Conference entitled Latinas in Engineering. There, a group of energized Latinas from industry, government labs and academia discussed the strengths of this growing community and the misconceptions affecting its members.
We talked about our experiences as double minorities, including the self-limiting beliefs that can interfere with our ability to excel and establish ourselves as leaders in computational fields. Given the common experiences discovered by participants in this initial event, Latinas in Computing established as its first goal to define key strategies to promote leadership and professional development among the current and next generations of Latinas in technology.
Since then, the LiC community has grown to upwards of 150 members and continually attracts new members via conferences and workshops (e.g., Grace Hopper, CAHSI, CRA-W) as well as its presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and MentorNet, and through professional and community relationships. We have a strong student membership and a number of distinguished members who have gained recognition for their technical and community contributions.
An active community has allowed us to increase our participation at the Grace Hopper Celebration. We started with one Birds of a Feather session in 2006, to having eleven panels and presentations where LiC members are participating in this year. In 2009 we had nine panels, and the “Speed Mentoring for Latinas” Birds of a Feather session was the highest rated session.