Yessica Ramirez is a 2019 Latinos in Technology Scholar. Currently, Yessica is a senior at CSU East Bay working towards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Shortly after graduation, she will return back to school to focus on Data Science for her graduate degree. Yessica is a DACA student, the first in her family to go to college, and a facilitator for Girls Who Code. As a DACA student, she established the Dreamers club for undocumented students at CSU East Bay to provide resources and create a safe and accepting community.
Yessica kicks off of our first STEM for Success Chats, a video series where scholarship recipients share with students in High School their personal experiences about pursuing a STEM degree and a STEM career. Students have the opportunity to ask our scholars specific questions about any hurdles they have encountered as they navigate their educational pathway in Silicon Valley.
Only 3% of the Latinx workforce are in the high-tech industry and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley looks at the scholarship recipients we support as leaders who can lead more Latinx students into STEM careers in Silicon Valley. We know their talents and perspectives have the potential to transform STEM fields. We seek to do more than level the playing field. We aim to change it.