Our MSAWC kickoff meeting was held April 11 2017 in Jackson MS at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting, 3825 Ridgewood Rd.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

5:00 pm Old Capitol Inn 226 North State Street 39201. Cash bar. Hors D'oeuvres provided. (rooftop if weather permitting)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

8:00 am Check-in

8:30 Welcome (Cynthia Skinner & Ben Minnifield, College Options Foundation)

9:00 Developing a Public Policy Agenda (Panel: MS Rep Jeremy Anderson; Ruthe Farmer, Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director, MS Community College Board; Dr. David O'gwynn, Chair of CS Department, Belhaven University)

9:40 Unpacking STEM – MS Job prospects (Panel: Kagan Coughlin, Co-founder, BaseCamp Coding Academy; Carla Lewis, CIO, CSpire)

10:20 Why Cyber Security is a National Priority (Dr. Craig Orgeron, MS Dept of IT Services)

12:30 Student Testimonial (Rian Walker and Rimika Banerjee)

1:00  Importance of Diversity to STEM and shaping MS public policy agenda for computer science (Ruthe Farmer)

1:30 Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing (Dr. Sarah Lee)

2:00 – 3:30 Breakout Sessions

·        Getting Computational Thinking in Mississippi Schools – Policy Discussion (K-12 Educators/Administrators and other stakeholders)

·        Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing (steering committee and alliance partners) – strategic planning discussion