by Colleen Riggle
This is a great prompt and it really got me to thinking, “How DO I promote women in technology in student affairs?” I mean I work at an “Institute of Technology,” direct a Women’s Center, and have a degree in Student Affairs, but really how do I promote women in tech?
Then I broke technology in to a shorter acronym, T-E-C-H and discovered THIS is how I promote women in technology in students affairs:
Teach: I find that teaching those women who I’m around how to use the technology at their disposable is the best way to promote the continuation of knowledge. I tend to be default person in my area/department who knows how to work the technology or “fix it” when something goes array during a presentation, program or event. However, I find that if I teach those around me to how to “fix it,” then we have more individuals who are advancing technology within our area/department.
Empower: Once you teach then you must empower those to use the skills they have to use the technology at their fingertips. Technology allows us to do so much more than we could 5, 10, 15 years ago!
Chat: Besides talking about running, I enjoy chatting about technology. Chatting about the coolest new apps, software or electronic is a great way in which I’m able to promote technology to those women I worked with and have as colleagues. We were just chatting in my office last week about how we could integrate technology more into the daily activities!
Higher Ed: Women in student affairs are working at institutions of higher education, so therefore we’re probably more prone to be life-long learners. Once you’re able to teach, empower and chat about the technology you have to keep up with learn what’s new, hip and the latest trend!
While at first I didn’t see myself at someone who promoted technology, once I broke it down and examined what I do every day, I realized that I DO in fact promote women in technology in student affairs.
How about you? How do you promote women in technology in student affairs?