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Debugging the Gender Screening Gap with ‘CODE’ at CSUB

The California State University, Bakersfield Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will host a special screening of the award-winning documentary, “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the CSUB Student Housing East Multipurpose Room.

The film, directed and produced by Robin Hauser Reynolds, aims to inspire change in mindsets, the educational system, in startup culture, and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding. It also will highlight efforts producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. It also poses the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities code, and how do we get there?

According to a White House study, there will be one million unfulfilled software engineering jobs in the United States by 2020. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation, and clever flashpoints in popular culture, the documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking out opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, and sexism play roles in this issue.

The event is sponsored by Edison International, Empower with Code, and CSUB’s School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME)

“Our mission at Empower with Code is to help close the gender gap for women in science and technology. We are accomplishing this by first exposing the problem which will be explored during the documentary,” said Rebecca Morfin-Manibo, founder of the Bakersfield-based Empower with Code.

Empower with Code is dedicated to providing girls around the world with the exposure, encouragement, opportunities and platform to achieve successful careers in science and technology. Their goal is to promote gender diversity in that field and provide girls ages 7-18 with a better understanding of careers in those areas. The organization involves engineers, developers, executives, and entrepreneurs to teach and motivate the next generation.

The event is free, but tickets are required and can be acquired via Eventbrite:

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