Who: Open to the public
What: "Championing Change: Lessons from 16 Years of Advocacy for Tech Inclusion"
When: Wednesday, May 31, 4 to 5 p.m.
Where: ATLAS Center, room 100
From rural Oregon to New York to the U.K., CU Boulder and then the White House, Ruthe Farmer has led an unconventional 16-year career as an advocate for tech and engineering education and equity. And on Wednesday, May 31, she will share her story and lessons learned in both formal and informal education and policy.
Since 2001, Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering. She previously served as senior policy advisor for tech inclusion at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, focusing on President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, as well as chief strategy and growth officer and K-12 alliance director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Over the course of her career, Farmer has launched and scaled-up multiple national programs including NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design and Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014 and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015.
Farmer also is a guest contributor for Techcrunch and The Shriver Report and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. She holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in social entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. She is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.