“State of Grace” Celebrates Women in Tech

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 8, 2019) – The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) hosted its second annual “State of Grace” in the Campus Center last week.

The four-day conference, which is organized by CEHC Vice Dean Jen Goodall, celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). Open to students, faculty, staff, and local professionals, State of Grace offers opportunities to network with employers and polish resumes and interview skills, along with a number of hands-on workshops that encourage gender diversity in computing.

Goodall brought the idea to campus last year as a spinoff of the national “Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.” Computer programmer and inventor Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a pioneer in her field and a role model for women technologists.

Pictured above is a “design challenge” during the conference. Hosted by programmers from Vicarious Visions, a video game developer based in Menands, students were split into groups and exposed to the various types of design elements that go into video game creation.

You can read more about Goodall’s passion to grow women participation in STEAM fields through our recent “5 Questions with Faculty” profile.

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