Created At: November 21st, 2021
Updated At: March 20th, 2022
Hi there! Sirena Alyce here. I'd like to welcome you to my blog!
First, I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself…
I am a St. Louis girl with a very non-traditional route into tech. A nail polish business is actually what led me to become interested in tech (specifically programming and development). I discovered that I liked building the website and learning the platform (I was using WordPress at the time), a whole lot more than I actually liked the business. It has been my goal to learn more and more about tech ever since.
My career journey has been quite interesting as well. I graduated from Spelman College in 2012 with a BS in Biology. Then in 2016, I graduated with a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. As a former CDC employee with 4+ years of experience in public health, I know a lot about public health. Also, I have 4+ years' experience in the field of clinical trials as a data manager and SAS programmer. Recently, I graduated from NuCamp’s Full Stack and Mobile App Developer Bootcamp (currently building my freelancing business). As of right now, I am the Data Analyst for a top telecommunications company in Atlanta, GA.
Are you a woman of color interested in pursuing a career in tech or data? Look no further.
Love data, design, or development? This is where you should be!
SirenaAlyce.com started as a portfolio site to showcase my development projects to recruiters and employers. I decided to incorporate a blog into the site while I was building it to practice my skills and learn a new framework (Next.js). This is how Techincolr, the blog, began. Once I created the blog, I realized I would eventually have to start posting content and this would serve as a good platform to do that.
Whether the impact is small or large, I knew I wanted the content to have a purpose. There is no doubt that women of color are underrepresented in the data and technology fields. While the representation of women has improved in some STEM professions, there is still a long way to go in the area of engineering and computer science. Women of color held 11.5% of science and engineering roles in the United States in 2017, according to catalyst.org. Census.gov shows that “Women working in engineering occupations increased from 3% in 1970 to 15% in 2019. And while the percentage of women in computer occupations is higher than in 1970, it actually decreased between 1990 and 2019.” I want to use his platform as a way to help increase that representation.
The content on the blog will be a mix of industry insights and current news, learning resources, career advice and resources, insights from subject matter experts, and inspirational posts.
Ultimately, I want this blog to grow into a vibrant community of creative, intelligent, amazing women!
Here is your chance to introduce yourself to the blog. Please share your tech experiences below.
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