Ricarose Roque, Mentoring Program Co-Chair [ria [at] mit [dot] edu]. I am a PhD student in the LifelongKindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. I contribute to the Scratch project, a programming language and online community for young people to create and share their computational creations such as stories, games, and animations. I am especially interested in broadening participation in computing, to empower everyone, especially young women and youth from underrepresented minorities in computing, in not just being consumers of technology, but also creators of their own technology. I received a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science and a master's degree in media arts and sciences from MIT.
I joined GWAMIT looking to meet other graduate women at MIT and it's been great getting to know so many amazing and passionate women. I also wanted to learn how I can support women through their experience at MIT and started by joining the mentoring committee, becoming an event lead to design events that connect mentors and mentees across the program. Now, as a co-chair for the program, I hope to connect and support mentees and mentors in developing meaningful relationships to help graduate women navigate their personal and professional lives