The Diversity in Tech Problem
Develop a robust pipeline of young diverse men and women candidates interested in technological careers.
The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. ("TSEP") is an Oakland based, Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. TSEP achieves this end through STEM pipeline programs that lead to technical career pathways for underrepresented students of color.
TSEP Overnight Camping Conference 2018
Dear Potential Supporter:
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. (“TSEP”) is an Oakland based Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University that is designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. One of our programs is the TSEP Camping Conference, an overnight camp for underserved minority high school students throughout Northern California.
October 5-7, 2018, TSEP will take approximately 150 underrepresented 9th-12th high school students camping to learn about math, science, engineering, and other STEM related careers during a 3 day overnight conference at Camp Cazadero. Buses from Santa Clara, Alameda, and Sacramento counties will take the students and 20 counselors from various tech professions to near the Russian River, where they will be free of the typical high school distractions (no signal, no texting or Wi-Fi) and be one with nature.
a.) Desire to go to college;
b.) Pursue STEM related careers;
c.) Develop a deeper respect for the environment and work/life balance;
d.) Learn how to apply to college, excel on exams, seek financial aid, participate in college life; and
e.) Learn how to promote their personal brand, how to work in teams, engage in entrepreneurship, and network for future collaboration.
Registration opens on Monday, August 27, 2018 and the application is here. Tuition is $125, however, there will be a limited number of scholarships available.
In order to make this camp possible, we desperately need three things:
1.) Sponsorship - Presently, we are in the red and will have to charge our student participants the full amount of our costs in order for them to participate without reserves for scholarships. Please review our funding proposal and see our sponsorship levels. No amount is too small and we thank you, in advance, for your consideration. Please contact Kevin@TheSocialEngineer.org if you are interested sponsoring this event. Thank you to PG&E, Northrop Grumman, and Airbnb for making contributions already.
2.) Workshop Presenters - In order to expose our students to various career pathways, we need highly engaging, hands-on- workshops from tech companies to motivate and inspire our students to go to college and major in a STEM related major in order to ultimately work in a tech company. Please visit this article for an overview of last year's workshops and if you are interested in leading a workshop, please complete this application.
3.) Counselors - We are seeking 20 counselors, ideally recent graduates that either majored in, or are working in, STEM related/tech careers. Approximately 8-9 students will be divided up by gender and geographic regions into various cabins with one counselor to serve as their mentor/chaperone. Some counselors will also need to chaperon the students on the buses. Each counselor will have to pass a background check in order to participate. To apply, please visit http://bit.ly/TSEPccCounselor18. This is an excellent team building exercise for groups and many companies offer a nonprofit matching for volunteers.
Please let us know if you will be able to support this worthy cause by either sponsoring, leading a workshop, and/or volunteering as a counselor. Please let me know if you have any questions. They deadline is September 1, 2018. Many thanks!
Very truly yours,
Kevin L. Nichols
Founder, President & CEO
The Social Engineering Project, Inc.