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    Kelle Cruz

    Dear Tech and STEM Leaders,

    My name is Victoria DiTomasso, I am a graduating senior at Hunter College
    working with Profs. Kelle Cruz (Hunter) and Anna Pinkas (BMCC) to
    organize *CUNY
    FemSTEM Hack Day*, an interdisciplinary STEM hack day for women on *Friday,
    April 27th* at the *Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square*. We are
    looking to experts like you to lead hacks and assist with participant
    projects, which will range from novel projects to structured,
    skill-building activities. This event is supported by the CUNY Women in
    Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York initiative and compensation may
    be available to those who are interested in playing a leadership role in
    hacking and/or organization.

    Our vision for this event is to provide a welcoming and supportive
    environment to cis and trans women undergraduates from Hunter and BMCC who
    have never participated in a hack event before. We are hoping that you can
    help us identify folks from different disciplines and career stages to lead
    one-day tech projects, exposing participants to the ways in which tech and
    programming connect to their own non-computer science majors (Physics,
    Chemistry, Biology, Math, Geography, etc.). We want to encourage activities
    which will inspire participants to further their tech training and recruit
    them to Computer Science classes and tech-related programs. While the event
    is targeted at Hunter and BMCC students, we welcome facilitators from
    anywhere, including other CUNY campuses, other academic institutions, and

    While this event is intended to be women-centric, male allies are welcome
    as participants and facilitators. However, we ask that you particularly
    encourage women and genderqueer students and colleagues to participate.

    We would love to have some folks lead hacks involving prototyping for
    digital fabrication, Arduinos, virtual reality software, and video editing.
    We are also open to any interdisciplinary hack ideas that connect computer
    science to different areas of STEM, for instance, writing a computer
    program to solve a discipline-specific problem that participants might be
    accustomed to solving with pen and paper. We are also open to hacks which
    are explicitly recruiting tools, e.g., a project which introduces the types
    of things done in Hunter CSCI 127.

    Here is a google sheet where you can indicate interest in participating in
    this event. We are not asking for a binding commitment at this time, but
    rather a gauge of interest and ideas. Please indicate your name, campus,
    any skills/topics you have experience with that could lend themselves to a
    one-day project and/or a hack idea. In total, we aim to have about 20
    facilitators for 80 student participants.

    We will also be sending you a save-the-date email shortly to circulate to
    your Hunter and BMCC students.

    Feel free to email us with any questions, and please circulate this email
    to anyone that might be interested. We look forward to hearing from you!


    Victoria, Kelle, and Anna,,

    Victoria DiTomasso
    CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, Class of 2018
    Physics & Astronomy

    Kelle Cruz, PhD ——
    917.725.1334 — Hunter ext: 16486

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