Computer science student Deborah Mepaiyeda wants to make the industries of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) a more compelling option for women everywhere.
Throughout her years in the computer science program, it became apparent to Deborah there was a large gender imbalance within her field. To put herself in a position to address this issue, Deborah became co-president of Ryerson’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS), an organization that provides a safe and supportive space for traditionally marginalized groups within STEM.
Deborah believes diversity is essential to success in all industries, as it provides different perspectives to problems, giving people more creative channels to draw from. She also believes social inclusion helps promote tolerance and reduce perceived stereotypes.
While still very much an ongoing effort, Deborah and those at WiCS are witnessing firsthand the positive effects simple acts of support can have on a group of people. Events like social cramming sessions, coding workshops and networking events with female professionals in the industry help to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM.
At Ryerson, students get closer to the support they need to feel at home and pursue their passions.