Women in Technology sit to take a stand

Created on: March 01, 2013

An empty red chair will beckon to students, faculty and staff in Knoy Hall March 5, urging them to reflect on the role of women in technology.

As part of the national Sit With Me campaign, Purdue’s Women in Technology student organization will embrace the slogan “sometimes you have to sit to take a stand” and invite others to offer insights about women in technology.

Women and men are invited to share their thoughts between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in the Knoy Hall lobby.

Participants in the Red Chair Event will write their thoughts on a white board and be photographed in the red chair. A slide show of all participants and their sentiments will be shared online.

“We’re asking students, faculty and staff to write about why they think having women in technology is important, or, if they are female, why they are in a technology field,” said Kelli Tynan, WIT president.

The red chair is a symbol used across the country for the Sit With Me campaign started by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), a non-profit coalition that works to increase diversity in computing and information technology.

Read more about the Sit With Me campaign.

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