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3 Ways International Students Can Spend a Pandemic Gap Year at Home | WTOP

3 ways international students can spend a pandemic gap year at home | wtop

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Manya Gupta from India was supposed to begin her studies this fall as an incoming freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, but the coronavirus pandemic upended her plans. So in June, for logistical, health and safety reasons, she decided to defer her admission and spend the coming academic year on a gap year.
“As of now, I’m interning for content development with a nonprofit that works primarily on rural education and microfinance for women, and I’m volunteering to help with curriculum development for another education nonprofit,” Gupta says. “Soon, I will enroll in Global Citizen Academy, an online leadership and social impact training program.”
Gupta isn’t alone in making the choice to defer admission to a U.S. university due to the extraordinary circumstances of the global pandemic. Some 286 U.S. institutions reported that 57,555 international students have accepted enrollment for fall 2020 so far, and 4,488 additional students have deferred to spring 2021 and beyond, according to a July survey by the Institute of International Education.
[Read: What to Know About Deferred College Admission.]
Closed U.S embassies and suspended visa and passport services are among the reasons international students have chosen the deferred admission option. The Department of Homeland …

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A national report ranked Birmingham-Hoover women entrepreneurs’ earnings # 2 in the country: challenges + how UAB can help | Bham Now

a national report ranked birmingham-hoover women entrepreneurs’ earnings # 2 in the country: challenges + how uab can help | bham now

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Boss women. Photo via UnsplashBack in June, Volusion, an Austin, Texas-based company helping people sell online since 1999, published “Cities with the Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs.” Birmingham-Hoover ranked #2 among large metros with the most successful women entrepreneurs. We talked to Patrick J. Murphy, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to learn more. Volusion’s key stats for women entrepreneurs in the Birmingham-Hoover area Downtown Birmingham on a hazy day. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham NowVolusion’s definition of full-time female entrepreneurs is self-employed workers in their own incorporated or unincorporated businesses. They took data from the US Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Birmingham-Hoover area median income for: full-time female entrepreneurs (adjusted for cost of living): $56,351full-time female entrepreneurs (actual): $50,040for all full-time female workers (actual): $42,000Percentage of female workers who are entrepreneurs: 5.2%Two key barriers women entrepreneurs everywhere face, according to UAB’s Patrick J. Murphy UAB’s Patrick J. Murphy, Ph.D. Photo via LinkedInPatrick J. Murphy, Ph.D., came to UAB from Chicago, where he built a career researching, teaching and helping to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We spoke about some of the challenges women …

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Women in Data Science: Acknowledging Gender Gap in Job Market

women in data science: acknowledging gender gap in job market

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We live in a digital utopia. From ordering food to university classes to broad room meeting, the fast pace of digital technologies and connectivity has enveloped our lives where we cannot imagine our day without relying on digital softwares nor devices. All of this swift began decades ago when humans were blessed with the invention of computers. But the main credit of developing a programmable code to run these machines goes to Ada Lovelace, who worked with the father of computer Charles Babbage. Fast forward to the present; we still witness women who have had contributed a lot to the advancement of technologies. Yet, unfortunately, their representation in tech jobs is marginal. As per a report by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), the number of women in computing occupations has declined steadily since 1991, when it peaked at 36 percent. Be it data science or AI, this gap has widened.
Though AI has started mitigating biases in its system, by using more gender-neutral pronouns in job postings, more broad data pool for machine learning training, providing improved talent assessment tests for both female and male applicants, and so on. But data science job roles and positions do not paint …

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Google chooses KwaZulu-Natal student as Women Techmaker

google chooses kwazulu-natal student as women techmaker

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Durban University of Technology (DUT) student Nombuso Msweli has been named a Women Techmaker ambassador.The final-year information and communication technology student also is a representative for Google Developer Group (GDG) Cloud Durban. These accolades recognise and encourage her efforts to empower women in the technology industry.What is a Women Techmaker?Women Techmaker ambassadors are community leaders around the world. They are passionate about achieving gender equality within a technological field generally considered to be male dominated.Google chose Msweli based on her involvement in the GDG Cloud community and projects such as VarsityGenie.This title gives her a platform to host events to help women grow, learn and bridge the gap in the technology industry. Msweli will also attend webinars with experienced women in the field,  and be assisted with ideas to grow her own technology focused initiatives.How Msweli aims to empowerAs an ambassador, Msweli defines her role as creating a space where women are inspired to work harder on their skills. She also wants to inspire more females to join the industry and build a community which will be motivated to be the change needed in the ICT industry.“The tech industry is known as male …

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At 21, this Indian woman bought a one-way ticket to the US. Now she’s in the C-suite

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View photosAt 21, this Indian woman bought a one-way ticket to the US. Now she’s in the C-suite. Source: SuppliedMoreYamini Rangan was 21 years old when she decided to book a one-way ticket from her small hometown in India to Atlanta, United States.“I was terrified,” Rangan told Yahoo Finance. “But excited.“Very early in my life I decided I was just going to get out and be independent, and so I think there was much more excitement than terror.”But moving from India to the US didn’t come without its challenges, she recalls.“I came from a super small town in India,” Rangan said. “My parents did everything – two girls, took care of everything, we barely did anything, and then I came to a new country.”Reality swiftly settled in. “After I paid my first month’s rent, I had $150 in my pocket and I realised, ‘Oh, I guess I need to work.”Her first job was in a restaurant serving food and drinks in a football stadium, which to her was nothing short of shocking.“I grew up watching cricket, and then I was watching American football and people were just going crazy – it was a complete …

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3 Lancaster County women among finalists for tech awards

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Three leaders with Lancaster County connections are finalists for awards that recognize central Pennsylvania women who are innovators, trailblazers, role models and inspirations in technology.The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania recently announced that its Women In Technology Award finalists include Susan Cooper-Nguyen of Harrisburg Area Community College, a finalist for the Impact Award – Public Sector/Government; and Roxanne Edwards of Nxtbook Media and Katie Surra of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, finalists for the Moxie Award, which recognizes a pioneer who has blazed a trail for other women to follow.

The awards will be presented during a virtual event Sept. 14. For more https://www.tccp.org/wit-gala
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EnrichHER Launches All Rise Factory Program to Fund 100+ Women-Led Businesses

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ATLANTA, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to CNBC, in venture capital, men still get the lion’s share of funding; while according to Pitchbook, only 2% of capital goes to U.S.-based female-only founder teams. Of the 2%, women of color get only a fraction. EnrichHER is on a mission to change these statistics with their All Rise Factory Program.
During COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions across the nation and the world, small businesses have suffered the most. You’ve heard about companies “pivoting” to urgently change their business plan and continue to bring in the revenue needed to survive this pandemic. This is EnrichHER’s pivot and this is how it works.
“When the pandemic hit, I immediately became concerned about how black-owned and women-led businesses would be impacted. We’re already underfunded and under supported, so how could we navigate this ongoing instability? I spent countless hours helping our EnrichHER members by helping them navigate the PPP and accessing applications for other external resources.  Eventually, I realized that our internal framework also needed to address this national and global economic shift. My solution is the All Rise Factory program, through which we plan to fund over 500+ companies by helping them access over $50 Million.” – Dr. …

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The Designer Bringing Traditional Persian Fabrics to British Men’s Wear

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This past January, during men’s fashion week in London, the designer Paria Farzaneh invited guests to an East London boys’ school for an Iranian wedding. A bride sat onstage in a traditional white lace gown before a banquet of Persian pastries and urns overflowing with pastel-colored roses and baby’s breath. The groom, seated next to her, wore a paisley-printed ski jacket, its high, mouth-covering neck pre-empting the protective masks of the pandemic. An older community leader in a black suit presided over the faux ceremony in Farsi, as the viewers sat divided by gender — men on one side of the aisle, women on the other, though the men outnumbered the women and ended up infringing on their section. This was a deliberate move on Farzaneh’s part intended to highlight the power imbalance she feels in her industry — where a woman truly at the helm of her own brand is still something of a rarity — and was typical of the subtle gestures toward the tensions of our present moment that are embedded in her line. At the end of the ceremony, the groom rose and strode down the aisle, followed by a procession of young men dressed in …

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Attracting women to tech and retaining them – comment

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BusinessAs a graduate apprentice at Forrit, I work full-time as a web developer for one of the company’s largest clients, Microsoft Education.Monday, 10th August 2020, 7:30 amWomen in tech roles are more than twice as likely to quit than their male peers, says Richardson. Picture: Peter Devlin.I also study part-time at Edinburgh Napier University and am set to graduate next year with an honours degree in software development. So far in my apprenticeship, I have gained three Microsoft Technology Associate qualifications, as well as invaluable industry experience – with highlights including a trip to the Microsoft Redmond campus in Washington last year.When I consider the subject of women in tech, I think of the first developer I ever met, when I was 15, on a work experience placement. Her name was Emma and she told me that you could build anything if you knew how to code.Sign up to our daily newsletterThe i newsletter cut through the noiseRead More Read MoreWhy rebrand? We decided to simply go Forrit – commentI’m not sure Emma will ever know how much she impacted my life. I realise I was extremely lucky in this case. Women make up only around 17 per cent …

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