Women in Tech

UCLA Women in Tech is a diverse community whose purpose is to develop and execute strategies that educate and promote success for women in technology fields and female students pursuing careers in technology. Our definition of a “woman in tech” is a female working in a technology role, such as an engineer, designer, or developer; one leading or supporting a technology division or organization;  one advocating for responsible design and use of technology; and one using technology to improve the lives of others.  Our community consists of campus staff, faculty, students, and the external technology community.

We focus on six pillars: 

  • Community engagement
  • Pipeline growth and Mentorship
  • Professional development
  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Responsible Innovation
  • Workplace culture

The UCLA Women in Technology initiative began as a conference in 2015 in the UCLA Luskin School for Public Policy which explored the role of public policy in addressing the gender gaps in tech, including pay equity, flexible work schedules, and opportunities. The Office of Advanced Research Computing (formerly known as the Office of Information Technology) partnered with the Luskin School to help plan this inaugural conference.  In early 2016, the Office of Advanced Research Computing, under the leadership of Managing Director, Davida Johnson, and in partnership with campus and community tech leaders, led the expansion of the conference into an ongoing initiative to address the key issues that women and women of color face in the technology sector.