Wogrammer Summer 2018 Journalism Fellows
We’re happy to announce our 2 new Journalism Fellows — Kristen Shipley and Regine De Guzman. Please join us in congratulating them on rising to the top of a seriously impressive applicant pool. They share a bit of their own stories below.
Kristen Shipley is a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is passionate about diversity and creating positive change. Her previous internships include the US House of Representatives, Facebook, and Google, and she will start full-time at Google as an Associate Product Marketing Manager this Fall. She hopes to influence the tech industry by emphasizing representation and authenticity.
“I am passionate about the intersection of journalism and technology…I now feel courageous enough to speak up about injustice to any audience because I realize that my voice and my story matter.”
Regine De Guzman is a Computer Science and Cognitive Science student at UC Santa Cruz. Growing up in Long Beach, CA, her immigrant parents supported all her learning pursuits despite the different educational expectations between Filipino and American cultures. She was passionate about science and helping others, and dreamt about being a doctor someday. After receiving her first laptop through a scholarship, she stumbled into coding in college and fell in love. From serving as the 2017 Girls Who Code San Francisco Bay Area Regional Champion to tutoring AP Computer Science for underprivileged girls at Girls Inc. in Oakland, she mentors and inspires other young women to get into technology. She will be interning in Washington D.C. with the US Census Bureau this summer. One day, she hopes to be a Computer Science university professor.
“Despite my adversities, I hope that sharing my experiences can allow other minority women with similar socioeconomic backgrounds to build confidence and bravery and fix the diversity gap in the industry.”