CSE outreach ambassadors

Mission

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.

  • Tech Talks

    We offer Tech Talks to help students understand how computing is applied to other fields.

Connect with Us

Meet with an Ambassador

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

Schedule Appointment

Follow Ambassadors Instagram

Follow us on Instagram for updates on our outreach events and to learn more about what it is like to be an Allen School undergraduate student!

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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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Abby Hecko (she/her)

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hey everyone! My name is Abby and I am a senior in the Allen School! I started computer science my senior year of high school and was unsure if I wanted to pursue it in college. After visiting the UW campus and having conversations with people in the Allen School, I decided to pursue computing. I am passionate about computer science education and making computer science accessible to everyone no matter their background. This past summer I had an internship at Poggio Labs where I got to work with the design team and engineering team to build their website. In September 2022, I attended the Grace Hopper Conference where I had the opportunity to meet companies and people involved in tech from across the world. This was an outstanding experience to network and educate myself on industry, I would highly recommend attending GHC! Outside of school, I play both collegiate and professional ultimate frisbee. I captain the UW Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and coach youth frisbee in the Seattle area. Some hobbies of mine include napping, running, and building LEGOs!

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Abselom Sultanu (he/his)

Hometown: Des Moines, WA
Major: Computer Science


What’s up y’all! I’m Abselom and currently a Senior at the UW majoring in Computer Science. Ever since I was a kid, my parents would always tell me that I should pursue a career in engineering, and I never gave it much thought until they decided to purchase our first computer back in 2012. I started doing little things like messing around with my classmates with Inspect Element but never did more than that. Even though I had interest in CS, I never attempted to really code until I came to university. Coming into UW, I spent my first year exploring many concepts in Computer Science and started a couple of projects to see what I enjoy. Now, I’ve taken a variety of classes at the UW and interned with Amazon this past summer working with the AWS team. The reason I became an ambassador was because of one of my high school mentors. She provided me with so much information, I felt 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 that I had, so I want to give them everything that I’ve learned. Outside of CSE, I play basketball, spend time with my family & friends, and watch a lot of shows and movies on Netflix. If y’all have any questions, feel free to ask!

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Eman Mustefa (she/her)

Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hello! I’m Eman and am currently a junior. 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. I love 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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Isha Jodh (she/her)

Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hi everyone, my name is Isha and I’m currently a senior at UW studying Computer Science! I’m one of the Ambassadors this year, and a Peer Adviser in our department as well and I’m excited to be back on campus and work with all of you this year. Currently, I also work with the UW Alumni Association as a Student Ambassador. I enjoy the software engineering field a lot and have done a couple of internships at Google, and one at Microsoft which were all a lot of fun! While at UW, I’ve been a TA in the CSE department, and in clubs such as Impact++ and Engineers Without Borders. Last year, I was part of the Neah Bay Riverways program where we did a lot of teaching and mentoring with elementary school students in Neah Bay, WA. In my free time, I really enjoy traveling, rocketry, hiking/anything outdoors, painting, water sports/activities, baking, road trips and sunsets. I practice martial arts (tae kwon do and modern arnis), and also know how to fly a helicopter. Feel free to reach out, I love meeting new people and I’d be happy to talk about anything!

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Lynn Nguyen (she/they)

Hometown: Burien, WA
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Informatics


Hi! I’m Lynn and I’m a senior in the Allen School majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Informatics. As a queer, nonbinary, and first-generation student, I have encountered many educational and social barriers getting to where I am today. 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. Outside of the ambassador program, I am an officer for Hey Mentor, a mentorship program helping low-income and first generation students navigate the college admission process. I strive to empower students from under-served communities who might not otherwise have the resources or support to pursue their passions. During my time at UW, I’ve interned at UPS as a UX design intern and at Microsoft as a software engineer intern. I’ve also done research with the User Empowerment Lab in the iSchool and am officially published in a research journal! As you can see, I’m really interested in the intersection of design and technology. In my free time, I like to draw, weightlift, watch anime, play games, and build mechanical keyboards. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat!

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Anjali Singh

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Major: Computer Science


Hi everyone! I'm Anjali and I'm a sophomore in the Allen School. As someone who felt isolated in their computing experience prior to college, coming to the Allen School allowed me to not only find a community of supportive and helpful classmates and friends, but also thoroughly enjoy computing through the opportunities and resources provided here. Outside of being an ambassador, I'm involved in several activities on campus — I'm the current high school director for our largest engineering club, Society of Women Engineers at UW, I currently do undergraduate research for the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, and I'm a writer for The Daily, our school publication. I was also previously involved in the outreach team for Women in Computing and interned as a Summer 2022 Teaching Assistant for AI4ALL, so I clearly have a passion for computing outreach and education. I will forever advocate that no matter what type of person and student you are, you belong in the Allen School. Some fun facts about me are that I'm a big concert fan and I love hiking! Also: I'm an out of state student so I initially had reservations about moving to an entirely new area, but I've gained so much through the Allen School and I'm thrilled I decided to attend here. Feel free to ask me any questions about being an out of state student in particular as well!

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Nancy Jimenez-Garcia

Hometown: Tukwila, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hi everyone! My name is Nancy, and I’m a junior majoring in Computer Science at the University of Washington. Although I’m super excited to be joining the Ambassadors team this year, I’m also just as excited to be a returning Lead Mentor for our Changemakers in Computing summer program! Being in both of these positions at the Allen School has allowed me to express my passion for supporting and aiding those coming from marginalized and underrepresented identities. Especially as a Latina, first-generation, and low-income student, I’ve had firsthand experience of how difficult it can be to thrive in an environment where we do not receive nearly as much support as others may have. With that being said, I hope to support those in similar positions as much as possible throughout this upcoming year! Not to mention, with support from those with passions similar to mine, I was able to obtain an internship at Microsoft over the summer, where I will be returning next summer! Besides school, I love trying new food, drinking boba, and collecting houseplants. Hopefully, we will get to connect and chat about all things soon!

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Kristy Nhan

Hometown: Kent, WA
Major: Computer Science (Data Science) + Diversity minor


Hi!! My name is Kristy and I'm a junior majoring in Computer Science (Data Science) with a minor in Diversity. My passion for supporting students from underserved communities in pursuing computer science and higher education stems from my own experience as someone from a first-generation, low-income background. I remember how difficult it was to navigate the college admissions process and later also feeling lost as I transitioned into college. So, I hope I can help students facing similar challenges by sharing my experiences! Outside of CSE, I'm the Co-Chair of GEN1, the Allen School's student group that supports first-generation students. Previously, I've been involved with Women in Computing as the Outreach Chair and I was an officer of UW's Vietnamese Student Association. I was also a Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft in Summer 2022. In my free time, I like making Spotify playlists, playing Stardew Valley, and looking at pictures of cats online. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about academics, college life, career, or just want to chat!

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Anna Thomas

Hometown: Vancouver, BC / Bellingham, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hi! My name is Anna, and I’m a senior in the Allen School. I’m super excited to be one of the ambassadors! This year, I will also be the co-chair of the WiC (Women in Computing) outreach committee. Being a student at UW and being a part of student organizations like WiC are great ways to get exposure to some pretty cool opportunities! During my time at UW, I’ve had the opportunity to intern at Meta and complete an apprenticeship at Twitter. Outside of classes I love weight lifting, hiking, hanging out with my friends, cooking, baking, and working on my startup app. I’m really excited about the intersection of Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, and if you are curious about that, too, I’d love to chat. I’d also be more than happy to chat about college life, classes, Running Start, internships, or even about food (food is life)! Looking forward to chatting with you!

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Shelby Chang

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hey everyone! I’m Shelby and I am a junior in the Allen School. Prior to college, my only CS experience consisted of attending the Digigirlz Program through Microsoft in the summer of 2019 and taking AP Computer Science A during my senior year of high school. I was always interested in STEM subjects, problem-solving, and technology in general growing up, and I found that computer science was the perfect academic/career path for me! This past summer I was an IT/Software Engineer intern at Trinity Glass in Federal Way, WA, and this was a great way for me to gain experience in industry. A fun fact about me is that I lived in South Korea for 4 years and am fluent in the language! Outside of CSE, I am currently serving as the Secretary of Phi Mu (one of the Panhellenic sororities at UW), and I love volleyball, dance, shopping, and crocheting. If you have any questions about the Allen School, college life at UW, or anything of the sort, I would love to chat!

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Nora Medina

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Gender Women & Sexuality Studies


Hi my name is Nora and I’m entering my third year here at UW studying computer science. I grew up in the “heart of Washington” aka Central Washington (not the university but a small town called Quincy). There I did running start at Big Bend Community College and graduated in 2020. It wasn’t until I got here at UW where I took my first college level computer science class as I had only take intro to CS in high school through TEALs, and done Hour of Codes. Intro to cs & Hour of codes showed me how vast the computer science field was as well as how I wanted to be part of tech by solving complex problems with coding. Outside of classes I have been President & Vice President of College Success Foundation, and work as a Peer Mentor at Big Bend Community College. I also enjoy playing video games and baking!

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Mya Baker

Hometown: Lakewood, WA
Major: Computer Science


Hello, my name is Mya! I am currently a sophomore studying Computer Science in the Allen School at the University of Washington! Computer Science was once a mystery to me, as I had never taken a CS course until entering the Allen School! As a first-generation student and minority in tech, I wanted to build a community for students like me within and outside of the UW. This is how I discovered my love for K-12 outreach through my position as a Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) mentor for female students in Auburn High School! I am also involved with underrepresented communities as a tutor for an educational program called, “Reading Partners,” where Seattle community members volunteer in low-income elementary schools to help youth master basic reading skills. In my free time, I love to practice art! I often do acrylic paintings, rock paintings, and now anime greeting cards! I am hoping to launch my own online art business soon! *Please feel free to contact me anytime! I would love to chat about anything from life as an Allen School student to even anime! Hope to connect with you soon!!