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RIT community aids in bringing Girl Develop It to Rochester

By Fran Broderick


Girl Develop It, a non-profit organization whose stated aim is to “provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hand-on instruction,” will be opening a Rochester, New York chapter with help from the RIT community.

Founded by Sara Chipps and Vanessa Hurst, Girl Develop It has a presence in more than thirty U.S. cities, including New York and San Francisco. The Rochester chapter has been founded by Liz Gombert and Kristen Curtze (pictured above with Women in Computing (WiC) Director Lana Verschage). According to an article in the Democrat & Chronicle, Girl Develop It will offer four-and eight-hour sessions that will “cover all ability levels.”

The group will receive financial and logistical support from RIT’s MAGIC Center and Golisano College’s Women in Computing group. WiC Director Lana Verschage says, “The Rochester Girl Develop It Chapter will be a great opportunity for women in the community to gain skills to improve their careers, compliment their degree/coursework and build confidence in the software development field.  The current inequity in women pursuing computing can’t be overcome overnight; we can however contribute our time and money to programs today that actively engage women on subjects of computing such as Girl Develop It.”

To learn more head over to the D&C or the group’s meetup page