Grace Hopper Initiative

Help us send McGill students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and in turn build a strong and inclusive community here at McGill University.

  • Help us actively support an inclusive culture of computing at McGill University
  • Give young female technologists the opportunity to explore the spectrum of all that computer science has to offer
  • Contribute to the out-of-the-classroom experiences that make a McGill education so powerful

Computer Science has historically been a predominately male-driven field, but enrolment in the School of Computer Science (SOCS) has tripled since 2009, and over 30% of students are female. Given the steep rise in enrolment at SOCS, The Undergraduate Societies have committed to sending two women to The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing. We hope to increase this impact by sending an additional 6 women to GHC.

GHC is the largest gathering of women technologists offering many opportunities for professional networking. Students who attend this conference find it inspiring, and are pushed to finish their degree and implement unique programs such as computing mentorships. The cost for each attendee is $1,500, which includes their accommodation, airfare, and registration.

We hope to continue to actively support an inclusive culture of computing at McGill, and empower our female students to build their own networks and meet like-minded individuals. With your help, we can give young female technologists the opportunity to explore the spectrum of all that computer science has to offer and enable these bright young scholars to reach their full potential.

Meet the Project Team: 
Li Xue
  • BA economics and computer science

  • President of CSUS (Computer Science Undergraduate Society), did a research project on underrepresented minorities in the McGill School of Computer Science this past semester

  • I lived in Florence by myself for a month last summer

Erin Havens
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Computer Science and Art History
  • Grant recipient to attend last year's GHC and Founding President of McGill Women in Computer Science (McWiCS)
  • If I had a penny for every time someone called me short, I'd have zero because Canada discontinued them.
Yu Qi Liu
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Biology
  • Pair Programs Coordinator at McWiCS (McGill Women in Computer Science)
  • I like red bean ice cream.
Hannah Florence Cohen
  • Bachelor of Arts with Major in Honours Linguistics, Minor in Computer Science
  • Grant recipient to attend last year's GHC and Co-Founder of Osmos Academy
  • Nickname: "Maze Princess"  for drawing complex mazes with no deadends on notebooks, napkins, chalkboards, etc.
Gaby Di
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Computer Science and Anthropology
  • Media Coordinator at McWiCS (McGill Women in Computer Science)
Prof. Brigitte Pientka, PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  • Research: Foundations of Programming Languages
  • Founding Member and Chair of Women @ SOCS, whose mission is to create, encourage, and support women's academic, social and professional opportunities in the computer sciences and to promote the breadth of the field and its diverse community.
  • Grant Recipient to attend GHC in 1997
  • "If it is a good idea, go ahead and do it.  It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission." -- Grace Hopper