About Us

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The time for gender diversity in tech is now.

You might assume that the presence of women and nonbinary people in computer science since the 1980s has increased, but the opposite is true.

Break Through Tech Chicago works at the intersection of academia and industry to increase gender diversity in the tech world by preparing more women and nonbinary people with the college majors and minors they need to compete — and succeed — in tech. Our programs are open to female and nonbinary students at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), and we are especially committed to serving UIC students from Black, Latinx, and Indigenous backgrounds.

 

Meet our team

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Amita Shetty

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Director
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Dale Reed

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Curriculum Lead
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Elena Lathos

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Director of Community Development

Amelia Jackson

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Associate Director of Career Development

P. Melissa Hernández

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Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Shanon Reckinger

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Instructor
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Jacquelyn (Jackie) Moore

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Instructor
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Diana Diaz

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Instructor

Research leads

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Javier Reyes

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Administrative Lead
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Robert H. Sloan

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Academic Lead; Department Head, UIC Computer Science
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Peter C. Nelson

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Dean, UIC College of Engineering