LULAC and Televisa Foundation Partner Together to Provide an Interactive Technology Symposium for Underserved Middle School Girls in Arizona
Tucson, Arizona - The Televisa Foundation has partnered with the LULAC Institute to launch TECHNOLOchicas (TC) LiFT program in Arizona. The program helps equip underprivileged, middle school girls with the technological skills needed to succeed in today’s tech-savvy focused workforce. LULAC and the Televisa Foundation, through the support of Intel, are hosting to provide 300 middle school girls with hands-on experience through computer science workshops led by female tech professionals. The collaboration is part of Intel’s She Will Connect initiative.
The TC LifT symposium will kick off on Friday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center (1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85179). The second day will be on Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Intel-Chandler Campus (5000 W. Chandler Boulevard, Building C6, Chandler, AZ 85226). Speakers include Executive President of the Televisa Foundation Alicia Lebrija, Televisa Foundation Program Manager, Mariana Rios, Deputy Director, Intel Foundation Gabriela A. Gonzalez, and LULAC National COO Sindy Benavides.
As Latinas occupied only two percent of jobs in the computing workforce in 2016, programs such as TECHNOLOchicas LiFT are vital. Latinas represent a vastly untapped pool of qualified and diverse talent needed to fill an estimated 1.1 million computing-related job openings expected by 2024.
"Women and underrepresented minorities who have not had sufficient access to opportunities successfully join the field of computer science," said Alicia Lebrija, President of Televisa Foundation. “TECHNOLOchicas seeks to provide young girls the tools and confidence needed to redefine this narrative and one day dominate the tech industry.”
About Televisa Foundation
The Televisa Foundation's mission is to help propel Latino children and youth through innovative education and culture programs by becoming a national champion of Latino education and culture addressing key issues through innovative solutions and acting within broad networks of partners. Find out more at www.televisafoundation.org www.technolochicas.org
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with over 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org