Dell Expands Investment in Girls Computer Science Education in Underserved Communities

  • New national partnership with Girls Who Code provides $400,000 cash donation to support after-school computer science educational programs for an estimated 15,000 girls in underserved communities across the United States
  • Girls will benefit from skills-based volunteering and dedicated mentorship from women leaders across Dell, led by a team of five ambassadors
  • Initiative contributes to Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good goal of helping 3 million underserved youth directly

Pivotal CEO Rob Mee poses with teens taking part in Girls Who Code summer immersion and mentorship program held at Pivotal. (Photo: Business Wire)

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ROUND ROCK, Texas--()--In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Dell today announced a partnership with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. The partnership will help strengthen and expand after-school programs in computer science education for an estimated 15,000 girls in grades 6-12 across the U.S. through a combination of financial, technical and mentorship support.

In addition to a $400,000 cash donation, Dell will appoint five women technology leaders as program ambassadors to organize and deliver mentorship services. In addition to materials and supplies for the STEM curriculum, this initiative will help fund field trips to expose girls to leading technical organizations and professionals. Programs will be concentrated in communities across the Great Plains and Rockies, the Southeast, the Northeast and San Francisco.

Ongoing Girl-Focused Youth Learning Commitment

The new Dell national partnership with Girls Who Code is an extension of previous local-level support and is part of a long-term investment in youth learning specifically to enhance STEM programs for underrepresented populations in the U.S. Dell previously announced a national partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA in 2015 in part to support Digital Cookie 2.0, an online web platform to foster young girls’ entrepreneurship and STEM skills. Dell also supports GirlStart, providing the hands-on tech access necessary for girls to learn about tech, engineering and mathematics programming.

Additionally, Dell will host executive directors from youth learning partners as part of the Women in IT track at the upcoming Dell EMC World taking place in Austin, October 18 – 20.

Pivotal®, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, has been partnering with Girls Who Code since 2012—providing support for summer immersion programs and mentorship.

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Karen Quintos, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of Dell

“Never before in history has technology been so core to our economy and our society at large. We have an incredible opportunity to truly drive human progress through technology, and we can’t realize the full potential of that without our girls. I’m so excited to partner with Girls Who Code to prepare the next generation of female leaders to grow and thrive in a connected world. When we engage and empower our girls, there is no limit to what we can achieve as a global community.”

Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code

“We’re thrilled that Dell has extended its partnership with us to support our mission of exposing girls at a young age to computer science. It’s the incredible support by partners like Dell that have enabled Girls to Code to become the largest computer science program for girls in the United States.”

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About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at www.girlswhocode.com.

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

About Dell EMC World

Join us Oct. 18-20 at Dell EMC World 2016, Dell Technologies’ flagship event bringing together technology and business professionals to network, share ideas and help co-create a better future. Learn more at www.dellemcworld.com and follow #DellEMCWorld on Twitter.

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Carly Tatum, 512-728-1236
Carly_tatum@dell.com

Contacts

Dell Inc.
Carly Tatum, 512-728-1236
Carly_tatum@dell.com