Grace Hopper Disclosure

We know that some of you may have concerns about Ada’s Team sending students to the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration. We want to create an open dialogue about the concerns surrounding sending people to the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Houston, Texas:

Many of us are aware of the tense climate in the US and the many ways it conflicts with the values of Ada’s Team. With the Islamophobic travel ban, there will be some students that cannot attend the conference.

In addition, there are safety concerns related to the fact that firearms are easily accessible to those living in the US. We want to emphasize that we understand that this is a concern for many people and we understand if some people are not comfortable attending the conference because of this. We want to stress that we will be taking every precaution to ensure the safety of those we send to GHC.

With all this being said, GHC is the largest computing science conference for women in the world. It’s an opportunity to network and build friendships with others that identify with and understand the struggles of being a woman in the tech industry. It can facilitate not only professional growth, but personal growth as one can feel empowered and a sense of belonging after attending a conference like this. We want to be able to provide such an opportunity to you, and for you to share your experience with those who couldn’t attend. We want everyone to feel inspired.

Finally, a major thing we want to emphasize is that this is not the only conference we are offering funding for! We will be sending people to the Canadian version of GHC called the Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC) in Halifax, Canada. So if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe travelling to the US, you still have an opportunity to attend a conference in Canada.
Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read this.

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