Students learn new skills at the Google Cloud Platform workshop held by GCP student ambassador Denise Tran. COURTESY OF DENISE TRAN

Promoting women in computer science at sheCodes

The sheCodes club supports and promotes the growing community of women in computer science by encouraging discussion and raising awareness to issues of women in computer science. 

The club has grown rapidly over the years. Now it has 51 active members. 

SheCodes hosts many events throughout the year which vary from holding workshops to inviting guest speakers to having socials where members will hang out. Hangouts sometimes include bowling or karaoke nights, which are some of the club’s previous activities. 

Members can access all the events and opportunities for a $25 annual membership fee.

Kimberlyn Krishnan, a fourth-year computer science student, has held her position as president since winter 2018 but has been a member since spring 2016. 

Students learn new skills at the Google Cloud Platform workshop held by GCP student ambassador Denise Tran. (Courtesy of Denise Tran)

“SheCodes has expedited my professional career by providing me mentorship through our mentorship program,” Krishnan said. “I honestly feel like I owe each one of my successes — internship offers, full-time job offers — to being a member of this club.” 

The mentorship program provides freshmen and sophomores with an older female mentor also studying computer science that helps guide her younger mentee with class selection, internships, academic advice and more.

SheCodes also has more events to come such as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Campus Tour and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Agriculture, Math (STEAM) Fair.

Denise Tran, a third-year computer science student has been a member of sheCodes for three years and is the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) student ambassador for CPP. 

GCP is a cloud tool which helps individuals spend less time managing and more time creating. As the GCP student ambassador, Tran helps others understand how to navigate this tool through workshops for sheCodes. 

“Through this club I learned a lot about leadership,” Tran said. “Since sheCodes has a lot of social events … you get to talk to a lot of people and through that, through all those experiences I learned how to be more confident.”

Mora Labisi, a third-year computer science student, has been co-vice president since Fall 2018 and has been a member of sheCodes for three years. 

“Don’t be fooled by the name, (sheCodes) is for everybody,” Labisi said. “The goal is to empower women, and if you would like to do that, then come on over.”

This club is very interactive, spirited and always welcomes new members. 

The club meets every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Building 8, room 48. 

If students are interested in learning more about sheCodes they can email the club at or visit sheCodes on the CPP website at

Also, if students want $100 worth of GCP credits to try the platform for free they can visit the link provided by Denise Tran, GCP student ambassador.

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