My name is Julie Lizardo. I am a proud Dominican that was born and raised in New York. I have an outgoing, bubbly personality with a passion for computer science and sustainability! In 2019, I obtained a bachelor’s degree from New York University [NYU] in biology with a concentration in ecology and minored in computer science and math. Now, I am pursuing a master’s degree from NYU in interactive media through their Inter-telecommunications Program [ITP].
Growing up, I was also never exposed to computer science in school and it never appeared as a possible career choice that was accessible to me. I was intimidated by the complexity of the field and how it seemed to be catered to men. It was not until college that I had opportunity to enroll in a computer science course as an elective. Therefore, I want to expose students before they complete their high school education to the possibility of a STEM career and that they are capable of pursuing their interests despite society’s stigmatized depictions.
One of my life-long goals it to promote computer science education as well as sustainability practices in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. The past two summers, I have taken a step closer in that direction by teaching six-week courses in environmental science and computer science to high school students. I am currently working as a Course Assistant within the Department of Computer Science at NYU College of Arts and Science and a Graduate Assistant within NYU Tisch School of the Arts.