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Girls Who Code...on Campus

USC Marshall brings Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit, to campus for the summer

June 18, 2018

Since 2016, USC Marshall has hosted Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit that is working to close the gender gap in technology. It was the first business school to host the Summer Immersion Program, which brings together 10th and 11th-grade girls for seven-weeks to learn computer coding and gain exposure to professional women in industry and academia.

The girls got a campus tour, but spent most of their working time at the USC building in downtown Los Angeles.

"We are very grateful to the [Lord] Foundation for being our partner in educating young women.” -- Dean James G. Ellis

That changed this year, when the girls were invited to study on the University Park Campus at USC Marshall’s newest facility, Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall.

“Bringing the Girls Who Code program onto campus was important to us,” said USC Marshall dean James G. Ellis. “But it would not have happened without the generous support of the Lord Foundation. We are very grateful to the Foundation for being our partner in educating young women.”

“Studying on a college campus every day, especially one as beautiful as USC's, sends a powerful message to these young women," said Sandra Chrystal, vice dean for online education and professor of clinical business communication at USC Marshall. "We are so excited to host Girls Who Code once again, and enable them to have an inspiring college-like experience as they hone their technical skills. Being at Fertitta Hall means they will learn about coding in a state-of-the-art classroom, but also about opportunities for women in business.”

The 20 student-cohort, along with three faculty members, can be found hard at work at Fertitta Hall. The Summer Immersion Program runs from June 25-Aug. 10. Along with technical instruction, the girls have enjoyed several field trips as well as keynote speakers.

Read more about Girls Who Code here.