I can still remember the computer science teacher who opened up a new world to me. Mr. Gilky started me on my path to a career in technology, and he even helped me get into summer programs to expose me to more computer science. His mentorship is why I’m so passionate about tech education today — and how I ended up leading outreach and education initiatives at Google.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), which takes place from December 5-11, is an annual call to action for equity in computer science education. Although the numbers of Black, Latino, Native and female students taking Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS) exams have increased in recent years, still only 53% of U.S. high schools offer CS courses and historically marginalized groups continue to be underrepresented in CS education, professions and leadership .
We have a long way to go until all students receive the same opportunities in CS. That’s why this CSEdWeek, we’re both celebrating how far we’ve come, and we’re recommitting to the work ahead.