Shaving my head made me a better programmer

Alex Qin

Caplan Recital Hall • November 04 • 8:15 - 8:35 pm

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How do perceptions and stereotypes affect those in the programming community?

This talk tells the true story of my physical transformation, and the surprising and drastic ways in which it affected how I was perceived and treated as a programmer. This new perspective allowed me to take a hard look at our community, and how it can at times be less welcoming and inclusive than we all intend it to be.

This talk also covers the effects of unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, and stereotype threat within our community, and how to make engineering teams and our entire field more inclusive to all, and thusly more successful.