In an effort to further strengthen the mission of introducing young women of color to code and stem education, Black Girls Code has announced a partnership with General Motors, which includes a hefty $255,000 donation to launch a chapter in Detroit.
GM says it’s teaming up with Black Girls Code partly because of the work its doing around electric and self-driving cars, and how much technical genius is going to be required of younger generations.
“It’s one of the reasons that it’s our mission to help build the next generation of STEM leaders, with an emphasis on expanding opportunities to women and other underrepresented groups,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.
To celebrate GM and Black Girls Code hosted a series of hands-on and engaging activities at Detroit International Academy for Women(DIA), a Detroit Public Schools Community District school, and TechTown.
According to the Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit outpaces the nation in information technology job growth and is expected to continue the pace through 2025. This partnership, announced alongside four other computer science partnerships in June, aims to increase interest in STEM career fields for girls of color. Women of color are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, especially in technology. Only 3 percent of African-American women and less than 1 percent of Latinas receive degrees in computer science.
Black Girls Code CEO Kimberly Bryant shares “Although we’ve hosted workshops in the area off and on since 2012, we are thrilled to officially launch a Black Girls CODE chapter in Detroit with the support of GM and other corporate and community partners like Comcast and Wayne State University. Our regular programming, launching this fall, will lay a foundation to fully engage girls of color in Detroit and is designed to inspire them to continue their paths as future STEM professionals.”
For more information about BGC student workshops, events and how to get involved, visit http://www.blackgirlscode.com/programsevents.html
On Sunday, November 13th the DivasandDorks.com team was invited to join GM and Buick for their annual Buick Discovery Tour in Stamford, CT. Partnering with Food & Wine Magazine – the theme of the tour included the discovery of culinary delights by reknown chefs, discovering the art of wine-tasting as well as the discovery of the new 2012 additions to the Buick family – The Regal, Verano, Enclave and Lacrosse.
Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff & ushered to our first cooking demonstration by Food & Wine cover chef – Gavin Kaysen. Chef Kaysen took us through a quick recipe of his famous Maine Peekytoe Crab with Orange & Pepper Gelee* – which was delicious! Afterwards, our resident chef Tiffany Kelley had a few questions about the ingredients used & how we could get Chef Kaysen to cater our next event for free…lol.
Following our appetizing crab dish, we were introduced to dessert early with Chef Ben Roche of Moto Restaurant in Chicago. (Let’s just say he’s responsible for making anything edible – including the restaurant menu.) Chef Roche won my heart over from the beginning of his demonstrations with the introduction of Bacon-flavored ice cream* & a S’Mores (chocolate) bomb*.
Once our bellies were full, then came the fun part – test driving the new 2012 Buick models. As a cross-over lover, I had my eye on the Buick Enclave, that is until I learned about the hologram in-dash feature available in the sleek and sexy Lacrosse (so you know I had to get behind the wheel and try it out for myself…)
The ride was incredibly smooth (once I got over the odometer / radio / speedometer hologram on the windshield…) the seats were incredibly comfortable and high heel approved (just saying – you know we divas like to drive in our heels…lol). With features like heated and air-conditioned seating, push-button start, Buick IntelliLink, navigation and USB portability with iPod connectivity – this ride is perfect for the stylish girl on the go that needs to stay connected in her fabulous life.
Wawa got behind the wheel of the all new 2012 Buick Enclave…and Tiffany & I got to enjoy the DVD & legroom (like the big kids that we are! LOL)
Wrapping up the afternoon, we learned over years of wine tasting & evaluation within 30 minutes. Have you heard about the Six S’s of wine tasting? (See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Swish, Spit (or savor) was the methods used to evaluate and enjoy the wine taught by wine aficionado Michael Green. The final cooking demonstration of the most delicious meatballs* by Chef Michael Psilakis was phenomenal. Chef Psilakis shared intimate childhood memories on how food affected his life and ultimately his career – he even gave us an autographed copy of his latest book ‘How To Roast A Lamb’ and encouraged us to use food to “plant a seed” and create life-long memories. *Recipes available upon request.
After a day of an amazing discovery food, wine & beautiful cars – Buick along with Food & Wine magazine left us with an amazing experience and looking forward to what’s next from GM and the Buick brand. Looking to discover the Buick that suits you best? Check out your local Buick dealership and test drive any 2012 Buick model and create memories of your own!