CSE outreach ambassadors


The mission of the Allen School ambassador team is to empower individuals and communities with computer science skills, tools, and frameworks as a means of innovating, mobilizing, and enacting change. We focus on high school and community college students in Washington who are underrepresented in computing, considering the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, income and ability/disability. We strive to show students that computer science is a field that is not only attainable, but also one where they can thrive. We also work to build sustainable relationships with students, other constituents from schools, and community organizations.

What We Do

Allen School ambassadors conduct outreach and recruiting activities for high school and community college students including:

  • A Day in the Life of a College Student Presentation

    This presentation covers information about what it’s like to be a college student studying computing! We discuss classroom experiences, extracurriculars, and more! There is an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

  • Student Panels

    We can conduct presentations with Q&A on a wide variety of subjects, and can cater the panel to your classroom or group!

  • Allen School Admissions Information Session

    This presentation is intended for high school students who are interested in applying to the Allen School. We provide an overview of the application process, and incorporate information about Allen School student life and experiences.

  • Classroom Assistance

    We offer classroom assistance to high school computing courses including curricular support for teachers, debugging help, and presentations.

  • Tech Talks

    We offer Tech Talks to help students understand how computing is applied to everyday life.

Meet with Us

As the main point of contact for high school students interested in applying to the Allen School, any prospective high school students can set-up an appointment or email us with any questions at outreach@cs.washington.edu.  

Schedule Appointment

Interested in being an ambassador?

The Allen School ambassador position is a paid student position. Applicants must be an Allen School undergraduate student. Applications are open once per year in May for the following academic year. Students who are offered the position need to be able to commit to a minimum of 5 hours per week for the entire academic year.

Ambassador Bios

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Abselom Sultanu (he/him)

Hometown: Des Moines, WA
Computer Science Major

What’s up, everyone! I’m Abselom and currently a sophomore in Computer Science. I came into the University of Washington with zero experience in coding. Ever since I was a kid, my parents would always say that I should grow up to become an engineer, and I never gave it much thought until they decided to purchase our first computer back in 2012. I spent my first year exploring many concepts in Computer Science and started a couple of projects to see what I enjoy. The reason I became an ambassador was because of one of my high school mentors. She provided me with so much information, I feel selfish keeping it to myself. I know there’s a lot of people who share similar backgrounds as I do that don’t have access to the support I had, so I want to give them everything that I’ve learned. Outside of CSE, I play basketball with friends, spend time with my family, and watch a lot of shows and movies on Netflix.

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Eman Mustefa (she/her)

Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Computer Science Major

Hello! I’m Eman and am currently a sophomore. Before entering college, I had absolutely no programming experience other than doing a couple of “Hour of Code” days in classes. I knew that technology and computers interested me and I also enjoyed the “Hour of Code” that I had done, so I took a shot in the dark and put computer science down as my intended major while applying to colleges and got in. As a first generation college student, I had no idea what to expect from college or computer science either and was able to learn through experience. I hope to be able to share my experience and assist those from similar backgrounds, through being a teacher's assistant, the ambassadors program, and an officer of GEN1, a club for first generation Allen School students. Outside of CSE, I am involved in the Associated of Students of the UW and watching Netflix, my recent favorites have been The Office and The Crown. Let me know if you have any good shows to watch, I’m always up for a recommendation!

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Esther Chien (she/her)

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Computer Science Major, History Minor

Hi, I’m Esther! I’m a senior majoring in computer science. When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut or a food critic. It wasn’t until my first year in college that I began to entertain the possibility of studying computer science. I was so captivated by the problem-solving nature of CS and its wide breadth of applications that I declared it as my major. As an ambassador, I aspire to increase the awareness of CS among younger generations and promote diversity within the field. I’ve also been a teaching assistant for the introductory programming series, hoping to inspire more students from a non-tech background to pursue CS. In my free time, I enjoy playing violin, watching nature and history documentaries, and playing Tchaikovsky on the violin.

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Lynn Nguyen (she/her)

Hometown: Burien, WA
Computer Science Major, Informatics Minor

Hello! I’m Lynn and I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Informatics. Even though my middle school and high school did not offer any computing courses, I discovered my interest in programming in high school through experimenting on Scratch and exploring the field on my own. I became an ambassador because I want to help more students like me receive earlier exposure to computing and to also help close the gender and race gap within the field. As a first-generation college student, I am also passionate about increasing college access and am involved with college mentorship in Hey Mentor outside of CS. In my free time, I like to draw, play the piano, binge new anime, and go on food adventures in Seattle with my friends. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out, especially if you're new to computing!

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Neha Jagathesan (she/her)

Hometown: San Jose, California
Computer Science - Data Science Major, Education, Learning, & Society Minor

Hi everyone! Neha here! I first heard about Computer Science through an introductory programming course at my high school, and have been coding ever since. I come from a really tech heavy area of California, and didn’t really feel like I belonged in technology until I found my interests in college. I’m interested in the applications of machine learning to social issues such as educational equity, racial health disparities and climate control. Other than CSE, I play club volleyball here and in the past I’ve worked with the Dream Project and Pipeline project. I am passionate about my South Asian heritage and what it means for me as an engineer. I love fashion, discovering new authors and books, and being outside! I am an ambassador because I believe that a valuable education is a right, not a privilege. Feel free to reach out to me with any and all questions.

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Savvy Gupta (she/her)

Hometown: Fremont, California
Computer Science Major

Hey everyone! My name is Savvy! I grew up in the Bay Area in California. I really had no interest in computer science until I had the opportunity to learn more about programming through Girls Who Code in high school. I realized that there was room for computer science in almost every field - from education to biology to political science. I joined the Ambassador team because I want to share what I've learned with more people, and ensure that technology becomes a more inclusive field. We need people of all backgrounds in order to make technology that works for users of all backgrounds :) Outside of CS, I enjoy reading, drawing, and playing music! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you'd just like to chat!

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Tara Sirosh (she/her or any gender neutral pronouns)

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Computer Science Major

Hey everyone, I’m Tara! I’m currently a sophomore in the Allen School. I began exploring computer science when I joined my high school’s robotics team. However, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to pursue CS until my senior year of high school, when I began to learn about how intersectional it can be. I’m still learning about the many different pathways computer science offers, and I want to share that knowledge with as many people as I can! I joined the ambassadors because I want to make computer science easily accessible to underrepresented populations and make the tech community more inclusive as a whole. Outside of CSE, I play the occasional piano, love to read, and am involved in the South Asian Student Association here. I also love to bake, and I’m always looking to expand my book collection so reach out to me if you have any recommendations or questions!

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Ermian Wei (she/her)

Hometown: Nanjing, China
Computer Science Major

Hey! I am Ermian! I am currently a junior studying computer science. I am also an international student coming from China! I came to UW with an intention to major in business, but I was not so sure about my choice. Therefore, I took my freshman year exploring all kinds of classes I am interested in, and found the fun in programming and CS. I like the challenging and rewarding feelings that programming bring to me. The reason I decided to become an ambassador is that I want to help to make CS education resources more accessible and inclusive. I love cooking and watching thrillers when I have some time to spare. So if you have any recipes you want to try out or any thrillers recommendation, let's be friends!