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The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS), a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty, launches a new podcast in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a non-profit that works to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. Modern Figures Podcast (modernfigurespodcast.com) guest stars Black women in computing who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. Geared toward high school and college students, each guest also highlights the interestingly relatable, pivotal moments along their journey in computing.

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    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS), a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty, launches a new podcast in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a non-profit that works to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. Modern Figures Podcast (modernfigurespodcast.com) guest stars Black women in computing who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. Geared toward high school and college students, each guest also highlights the interestingly relatable, pivotal moments along their journey in computing.

    Start Where You Are

    Start Where You Are

    Dr. Valamere Mikler, an advocate for equitable spaces in DEI, shares her journey from criminal justice to industrial organizational psychology. She discusses her work with Girls Who Code and her initiative, SheRanTech, which educates and empowers girls and women on internet safety and securing STEM careers. Dr. Mikler also explores the motivations of millennials and Gen Z in the workforce and the importance of technology in advocating for women in tech. Join Dr. Jeremy Waisome and Dr. Kyla McMullen as they elevate the voices of black women in computing.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Welcome to the Mushroom Queendom

    Welcome to the Mushroom Queendom

    In this episode, Dr. Aishat Aloba joins hosts Dr. Jeremy Waisome and Dr. Kyla McMullen to discuss her journey as a Black woman in computing. Dr. Aloba shares her experiences growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, and the misconceptions about Africa. She talks about her initial interest in computer engineering and how she discovered her passion for computer science. Dr. Aloba also highlights the importance of community and the role it played in her transition to studying in the United States. She shares her experiences at the University of Mississippi and the opportunities she had to get involved in research. The episode concludes with Dr. Aloba discussing her decision to pursue a PhD and her current work in user experience research.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    From Lagos to UX: Dr. Aishat Aloba's Journey in Computing

    From Lagos to UX: Dr. Aishat Aloba's Journey in Computing

    In this episode, Dr. Aishat Aloba joins hosts Dr. Jeremy Waisome and Dr. Kyla McMullen to discuss her journey as a Black woman in computing. Dr. Aloba shares her experiences growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, and the misconceptions about Africa. She talks about her initial interest in computer engineering and how she discovered her passion for computer science. Dr. Aloba also highlights the importance of community and the role it played in her transition to studying in the United States. She shares her experiences at the University of Mississippi and the opportunities she had to get involved in research. The episode concludes with Dr. Aloba discussing her decision to pursue a PhD and her current work in user experience research.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Hey Shaniqua, what’s the weather?

    Hey Shaniqua, what’s the weather?

    In this episode of Modern Figures, Dr. Gloria Washington shares her inspiring journey in computing, from the struggles she overcame to her passion for uplifting Black women in the field. The podcast delves into Dr. Washington’s experiences in academia, industry, and now as a professor, where she passionately works to elevate the voices and opportunities for those following in her footsteps.

    Dr. Washington recounts the profound influence of her mother’s encouragement and how the unexpected challenges she faced, including financial decisions and personal losses, honed her determination to succeed.

    • 57 min
    Tech, Law, and Media Magic

    Tech, Law, and Media Magic

    In this engaging episode of the Modern Figures podcast, hosts Dr. Jeremy Waisome and Dr. Kyla McMullen welcome the multifaceted Dr. Jasmine McNealy. The conversation takes an inspiring dive into the world of journalism, law, and public interest technology. As a proponent for critical thinking and policy influence, Dr. McNealy shares her unique trajectory and the importance of her work concerning current and emerging tech issues.

    The episode kicks off with Dr. McNealy’s reflections on her educational path and early interests, which evolved from a fascination with architecture and art to a purposeful career in journalism and law. Dr. McNealy shares insightful experiences from her involvement in pre-college programs, emphasizing the influence these early exposures had on her career choices. The conversation navigates through critical topics in AI, privacy, and policy, highlighting Dr. McNealy’s significant work and her perspective on the intersection of media, technology, and social determinants such as geography.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dr. Angelique Taylor's Tech Odyssey

    Dr. Angelique Taylor's Tech Odyssey

    In this enlightening episode of the Modern Figures Podcast, co-hosts Dr. Jeremy Waisome and Dr. Kyla McMullen engage in a rich conversation with Dr. Angelique Taylor, a shining example of Black women’s excellence in computing. Dr. Taylor’s inspiring journey, from her early fascination with technologies to spearheading research in AI and healthcare robotics, offers listeners profound insights into the world of cutting-edge technological innovation.

    Dr. Taylor shares her path from community college to a thriving career in academia, providing an intimate look at her personal and professional growth. Her narrative is filled with pivotal moments, from the stark transition to predominantly white institutions to the cultural adaptations required while ascending her academic career. The episode encapsulates Dr. Taylor’s tenacity, highlighting her pursuit of impactful research and the significance of building strong communities, particularly amongst Black women in computing.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

elikqitie ,

A Much-Needed Podcast!

As a former coding teacher who taught block coding to elementary and middle school students, I’ve seen the power which comes from learning the skill of coding, especially for English second language learners.

And this field definitely needs more diversity, and if we can get more people and kids of all colors inspired to jump into technology, then the world will be a more balanced and equal place!

Thanks for providing such a needed platform to show people of color more and better opportunities in our world! This podcast truly has such a positive impact.

CeeAndSee ,

I can’t fake humble

Excellent podcast. Very informative and inspiring.

BlondeGenius ,

Grateful for the celebration of CURRENT role models

I lead the Rigor and Equity research agenda at CSforALL, and in my work with K-12 children across the US and abroad, being able to make relatable role models visible and real to students, especially students of color and young women, is critically important. I can’t recommend this podcast enough to CS and other STEM educators working to make careers real for their children. You can’t be what you can’t see—I’m grateful to the hosts for helping our students to see a whole lot more!

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