In my freshman year at Drexel, I did not feel like I had a genuine support system as a minority in tech; so, I thought, why not create an organic community for female freshmen as they are newly exposed to the diversity gap in college?
By September 2017, I was appointed the Chair of Retention for the student organization Women in Computing Society (WiCS) and my initiative became an official program under WiCS.
In May of 2017, I decided to write an article on LinkedIn, which described the experiences I had gone through and proposed my initiative idea: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bringing-blessings-hope-women-tech-blessing-adogame/. I wanted to create something unique, I wanted to use my experience to better the experiences of others who may go through a similar situation. I eventually proposed my idea to Dean Yi Deng and he was extremely supportive and encouraging. I spent the summer of 2017 working closely with a faculty member about creating this new program. By September 2017, I was appointed the Chair of Retention for the student organization Women in Computing Society (WiCS) and my initiative became an official program under WiCS.
I am going and will continue to go above and beyond for what I am passionate about. I am a proud, strong advocate for women in computing and I will continue to do everything in my power to better the experiences of women pursuing a field in the technology industry. Whether it is starting in middle school, high school or college, all it takes is changing one person’s experience at a time.
Ultimately, I created a program that helps encourage and retain women in the College of Computing and Informatics, through informal discussions, volunteering opportunities, company visits, group projects and many more opportunities. Focusing on professional/personal development and career management, the cohort aims to help enhance the experience of female students starting from their freshman year to their final year at Drexel. Currently, the program has up to 30 women and one of my aims for the future is to start reaching out to the younger generation.