Lisa Sandoval holds a Bachelor in Computer Science and an Med in eLearning and Instructional Design. She has been working at Seattle Central College since 2003, starting as a Program Coordinator for the IT Programs and is currently the Interim Associate Dean for STEM. She has worked with IGNITE for 11 years, in various capacities such as Board Member and Chapter Administrator at Seattle Central. She liaison’s with National Center for Women In Technology for the past 6 years to bring to the forefront issues around community colleges and our students to broaden participation of women and under-represented populations in computer science and information technology. She has worked with the Seattle chapter of The LINKS and StemPaths Innovations to provide a location to teach robotics, mobile development, and 3d printing to middle and high school women of color.
WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I have been involved with IGNITE in various capacities for over a decade. What keeps me involved with IGNITE is seeing the success stories of every young lady as they progress through school, the IGNITE program, and enter higher education and careers in STEM. Through my role at Seattle Central College, I want to be sure the students know about the opportunities available in STEM education at community colleges.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
IGNITE inspires me every day! When I am able to mentor or advise women through their computer science and information technology education or blossoming careers, I think of the impact IGNITE has had on so many young girls and this inspired me to do the same.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
I am constantly speaking about the IGNITE program to community partners and parents. The dedication and commitment of thousands of volunteers to support IGNITE’s mission of broadening participation of young women into the computer technology fields is incredible. The young women find their bright future with IGNITE.