In today’s digital world, computer science forms the backbone of almost everything we use, from social networks to infrastructure to innovative healthcare solutions. Currently, only 25% of graduates in the Department of Computer Science are women. The Maria Klawe Endowment for Women in Computer Science aims to increase the number of women in Computer Science through community building, networking and opportunities for conference travel. Your support will fund opportunities that inspire women to choose computer science, and thrive in our programs. Please make a donation.
Maria Klawe was the head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995 and was the first female dean of UBC Faculty of Science from 1998 to 2002. She is currently the president of Harvey Mudd College, and was recently named one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine. This fund, inspired by her leadership, helps ensure that the Department of Computer Science has a welcoming and encouraging learning environment for everyone. For example, the Tri-mentoring program, which welcomes all students, was born from a desire to ensure that women are well mentored. The Maria Klawe fund also supports outreach activities—such as the popular GIRLsmarts program for grade six girls—and helps the department recognize the leadership and service of student volunteers.
Computing technologies and computational ways of thinking increasingly impact all aspects of our lives. In order to make sure that technology is broadly accessible, it is vital that women contribute to it. Your support will help ensure they do. Please make a donation to the Maria Klawe Endowment for Women in Computer Science at UBC.