Rose Garcia’s work on the Chrome Accessibility team mirrors her commitment to making tech more inclusive. A rising junior at Oregon State University majoring in Computer Science, she works on the Gender Inclusiveness Magnifier (GenderMag) project for improving software usability for all. Her commitment to inclusion stems from her own experiences.
"The summer after my junior year of high school, I competed in an all-girls hackathon in San Francisco. I had only taken one computer science course and wasn't very confident in my ability to contribute to any sort of project. I was nervous I wouldn't fit in, that everyone else would be a better programmer than me. Despite the nerves, by the end of the day I was part of the winning team. I absolutely couldn't wait to do more hackathons. The friends I competed with had been supportive when I struggled to get the project to work and I got to experience what it was like to program on a team. I knew almost immediately that I was lucky enough to find something that I love to do.”
Source of Inspiration: Dance, especially hula
Book Recommendation: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen