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Peralta Colleges Foundation Receives $35,000 “Oakland Promise” Gift from AT&T

8 September 2016

img_4527Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joined AT&T, Peralta Colleges and other community organizations at City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016,  to kick off “September Giving,” a four week campaign during the month of September providing more than $400,000 to Oakland nonprofit organizations that are empowering students this “back-to-school” season. Mayor Schaaf and AT&T presented the first of four awardees, Peralta Colleges Foundation, with a $35,000 contribution to support Oakland students as part of the City of Oakland and Oakland Unified School District’s Oakland Promise initiative.

“Oakland’s nonprofit organizations play such a key role in our students’ success,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “I so appreciate the contribution AT&T is making to advance the mission of these tremendous local organizations. The important work they’re doing in our community is truly deserving of recognition.”

AT&T will make three additional contributions every week of September to The Hidden Genius Project, Art Works for Change and Black Girls Code. Each week, AT&T will highlight a “September Giving” awardee and their efforts empowering students on Twitter using the hashtag #SeptGivingOAK. Organizations and programs benefiting from “September Giving, ” the first of which included the Peralta Colleges Foundation gift of $35,000. Kevin Kosik, Executive Director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation, pictured, accepted the check from AT&T.

The mission of the Peralta Colleges Foundation is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and educational needs of Peralta students, faculty and staff and the communities in which they work. AT&T’s contribution supports low-income first-semester students at the Peralta Colleges – from high schools in the Oakland Unified School District – by providing student awards to cover the cost of Enrollment Fees, Health Fees, Use Fees and Transit Fees as part of The Oakland Promise initiative.

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Kimberly Bryant, American Ingenuity Award Winner, tech inclusion pioneer, speaks on “Black Girls CODE,” 6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 24, in BCC’s auditorium

17 February 2016

KimBryantKimberly Bryant, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Winner and tech education pioneer, will speak on “Black Girls CODE,” 6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 24, in BCC’s auditorium.  The presentation is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  You can reserve tickets at: https://www.msri.org/general_events/21817.

Ms. Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, has worked to empower girls of color to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Her talk is part of the “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of 2015-16 public lectures, which are jointly presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).  They are made possible by funding from the Simons Foundation.

Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts,  has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.  

Ms. Bryant’s 25+ year career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries was spent as an engineering manager in technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies, including Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.   Since 2011, she has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the United States and in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In 2013, she was on Business Insider’s list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists.

In 2013, she was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color.  In 2014, she received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institution and was presented with the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico.  She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival and many others.

Shirley Fogarino
Berkeley City College
(510) 981-2852

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