About the Ambassador role

CSE outreach ambassadors

Allen School Ambassadors conduct CS outreach to K-12 students, on the UW campus and by visiting schools and community groups. Activities are outlined below. While we connect with all kinds of students through outreach, we try to focus on students from underrepresented backgrounds and students who do not have prior CS experience.

 

What We Do

We represent the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering in K-12 outreach and recruitment efforts. We work on all aspects of CSE outreach to younger students. Below is a brief highlight of what we have done in the past year!

  • Workshops

    We host a variety of 3-4 hour long workshops on Saturdays throughout the school year at the Allen Center. These workshops are typically an introduction to programming for students with little to no experience.

  • Activities

    We have developed and adapted small-scale, "portable" activities which can be tailored to a variety of environments. These activities are usually used in temporary spaces such as STEM nights, classroom visits and tours and are typically an introduction to computer science concepts.

  • Presentation and Panel Discussions

    We have presentations that range from informing about Computer Science & Engineering as a field, UW CSE specifically and why CSE rocks! We speak about undergraduate research, internships, RSOs at UW CSE and more. We usually present and have a panel discussion at career fairs or classroom visits.

  • Tours

    We offer tours of the Allen Center throughout the school year for groups of all sizes.

Meet Our Ambassadors 

 

Simplicio DeLeon

Simplicio is in his third year of Computer Engineering. He’s from a small town in Central Washington called Harrah (population about 650). He developed an interest in technology when he started doing robotics in his high school science club where he started off as the team programmer and eventually did both programming and building/design. He enjoys programming projects but has his most fun when he gets to play with sensors and hardware which explains his interest in robotics and the Internet of Things. He became an ambassador because he loves volunteering in education and believes it is important to have more diversity in STEM. Outside of the tech and academic worlds he loves to dance and play video games.

Rachel Ye

Rachel is currently a freshman studying Computer Science. She grew up in Bellevue, WA. She discovered computer science in early high school through the programming subgroup in the robotics club. Since then, she has been heavily involved in STEM outreach through Girls Who Code and the Ambassador program. She’s also involved in undergrad research at the Allen School. Some of her hobbies include traveling, binging Netflix, and going on fun hikes in the summer!

Jacque Li

Jacque is currently a junior in CSE, and though she grew up in the Seattle area, it wasn’t until she came to the UW that she found her love for the mountains around us (she tries to spend as much time outdoors as she can!) - oh, and her love for computer science. Her first time coding was at the end of her first year in college, and she immediately fell in love, wishing that she had learned about CS sooner… which, fortunately, has brought her to become a part of this ambassador community! Having grown up with no direct exposure to anything or anyone involved in CS, she’s realized just how powerful it can be to simply see the impacts of CSE with your own eyes, and is beyond excited to help open these doors to others!

Geovani Castro

Geovani is a junior studying Computer Science. He’s really passionate about empowering underprivileged students that come from a similar background to him. He didn’t start coding until sophomore year of college, yet he saw a lot of great resources within CS. Although he’s never really been too interested in CS, what fascinates him about it is that there are so many areas outside of STEM to apply programming principles. He’s not the best at coding either but loves doing things that have never been done before, such as combining philosophy, theology, graphic design and programming logic into streetwear design. This is part of the reason why he wants to stress to the students that we outreach to that you don’t need to love programming to enjoy being in CSE, that rather bringing your other interests into the major makes it an even more enjoyable and unique experience. Some of his other interests include cooking, playing the guitar, and anything music/art related.

Luke Levasseur

Luke is a sophomore CS major and Entrepreneurship minor from the heart of Seattle, Washington. He became interested in Computer Science after taking a course in MIT’s Scratch his sophomore year of high school, and considers himself one of the biggest names in Scratch programming on the West Coast. He is very passionate about the diversification of the CS program at UW. In his free time, Luke enjoys playing Spikeball and watching Daniel Vogelbach hit dingers for the Seattle Mariners!

Linda Vong

Linda is from the Beacon Hill neighborhood of South Seattle. She loves eating basically anything, hiking, and watercoloring (badly). She’s a sophomore at UW majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Education, Learning, & Society. CS actually didn’t appeal to her at all until partway through her first year of college when she learned about educational technology as a concept for the first time. Now, she enjoys learning about different ways that tech may have a place in addressing all types of things, including education, climate change, global health, unconscious bias, and even some of the issues tech has contributed to. She’s a strong believer that the people creating tech need to be more representative of the people using tech. She’s interested in collaboratively exploring and sharing about the ways that tech can become more ethical, equitable, and accessible to have a positive impact on society

Eunia Lee

Eunia is a sophomore studying computer science originally from Sammamish, Washington. She first took a introductory computer science class in high school that taught concepts using Scratch. At the UW, she focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion through K-12 computer science education.  Usually, you can find her in the Gates Center labs for our undergraduates working on homework or getting bubble tea on the Ave. She’s passionate about Grey’s Anatomy, avocados and pointers.

Chris Kang

Chris is a freshman currently studying computer science. He loves working with kids and identifying projects that capture the beauty of CS (two words: problem solving!). He also loves researching and mathematics; current projects are on machine learning and quantum computing. In his free time, Chris reads, practices violin, and plays strategy video games. He also likes to try new food with friends!

Esther Chien 

Esther is a junior majoring in computer science. It was during her first year of college that she began to find her interests in computer science. In fact, she liked the introductory classes so much that she became a teaching assistant for CSE 142 last year, combining her passions for teaching and technology. As an ambassador, she hopes to make computer science accessible to everyone and promote diversity within the field. Outside of CS, she enjoys playing violin, baking with friends, going to art museums, and (sometimes) running.

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All students in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering are able to apply. No advanced Computer Science or teaching background is required