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Overview

To aid Reboot Representation in attaining their goal to double the participation of Black, Latinx, and Native American women in computing by 2025, a comprehensive approach was designed to support MDC women through the 2-year to 4-year pathway to a bachelor’s degree in computer science at FIU. Leveraging evidence-based practices, this program provides community, access, support, and role models.

Selected participants will receive support for four (4) years starting Spring 2022 term.

Educational supports include:

  • Science & Math fast track courses
  • Emerging technology
    (EmTech) bootcamps
  • Technical interview preparation 
  • MDC-FIU academic mentorship
  • Paid summer research opportunities (REU) at FIU
  • Paid summer internships
  • Summer bridge program at FIU
  • Women in Tech Speaker Series - Tech Up Space
  • Women Empowerment workshop – #IamRemarkable
  • LIFT program graduation ceremony

Eligibility

  • Be a full-time student at MDC
  • Have declared an Associate of Arts (AA) in Computer Science
  • Intend to transfer to FIU in their bachelor’s program in Computer Science
  • Have learned no more than 30 credits upon admittance to the LIFT program
  • Have a cumulative MDC GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed or currently enrolled in College Algebra (MAC1105)

benefits

  • Receive semester stipends based on good standing
  • Conduct research during summer (paid stipend and limited spaces)
  • Participate in summer internship (paid stipend and limited spaces)
  • Dedicated mentoring
  • Activities and courses to prepare for success in computing career and transfer to FIU
  • Year-long speaker series (Tech Up Space)
  • Tech community engagement - networking, interviews, and more with industry professionals
  • Assistance transferring to FIU

Leadership Team

Elodie Billionniere

Dr. Elodie Billionniere, Senior Associate Professor at Miami Dade College

Dr. Billionniere holds a doctoral degree in computer science from Arizona State University, a master's degree in higher and postsecondary education with a concentration in leadership from Arizona State University, and a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Montana. She teaches programming (Python and Java), cloud (database), information management (MIS) courses. With professional experiences in web application development, software engineering, quality assurance, data analytics, and cloud computing, Dr. Billionniere aims to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups. She was awarded the 2021 Northern Trust Bank of Florida Endowed Teaching Chair, 2019 Educational Leadership- College-Level Promotion Education by the Women of Color STEM, 2018 South Florida’s Top Black Educator, and Phoenix’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2011.  

Monique Ross

Dr. Monique Ross, Assistant Professor at Florida International University

Dr. Ross earned a doctoral degree in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Elizabethtown College, a master’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University, eleven years of experience in the industry as a software engineer, and five years as a full-time faculty in the departments of computer science and engineering. Her interests focus on broadening participation in computer science through the exploration of 1) race, gender, and identity; 2) discipline-based education research (with a focus on computer science courses) to better inform pedagogical practices that garner interest and retain women and minorities in computer-related fields. Dr. Monique Ross is committed to the expansion of rigorous computer science education research at FIU and nationally. She was awarded the 2007 Tech Professor of the Year, and in 2019, won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (Cracking the Diversity Code: Understanding Computing Pathways of those Least Represented).