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2022 TechGirls Summer Resident Assistants

Meet the Team!

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Adaeze Ibeanu

Adaeze is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She double majored in Information Science and Political Science. She is interested in combining these passions to better understand how tech and digital media affect society. This is her first summer working for TechGirls. When not thinking about hypotheticals and Google searching, Adaeze can be found watching rom-coms or Bob's Burgers. Adaeze is always excited to partake in a learning opportunity like TechGirls.

 

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Alexandra Mackay

Alexandra is a recent graduate of the University of Maine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and Leadership Studies. This is her first summer working for TechGirls. She is experienced in leadership and working with international students. Alexandra has also studied abroad in Gold Coast, Australia. As well as interning for her campus Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Alexandra loves hanging out with friends, and family, and can’t get enough of the beach, rugby, and trying new cuisines.

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Belen Torres

Belen is a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Biological Science. Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree, Belen hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Forensic Science with a focus on DNA analysis. This is her first summer with TechGirls, and she is looking forward to working with such strong and inspiring young women. When Belen is not at school, she loves reading, taking road trips, and watching movies. More often than not, her two dogs (Paddington and Kiwi) are accompanying her in these activities. 

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Britney Tran

Britney is a rising Junior at Virginia Tech and is majoring in Clinical Neuroscience. This is Britney’s first summer working for TechGirls. She has plans to study abroad this upcoming Spring semester and is excited for this international exchange to broaden her global perspective. She is passionate about working to reduce the gender gap in STEM by encouraging women to pursue interests within the field. In her free time, Britney enjoys painting, reading, spending time with friends, and searching for the best iced matcha place.

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Carson Anne Groves

Carson Anne is a rising senior at Virginia Tech. She is majoring in Biological Sciences and is pursuing a minor in Psychology. She plans to use these interests and the skills she has gained to become a genetic counselor to work with the integration of genomics into health care and in personalized medicine. This is her fist summer working for TechGirls, and she is thrilled to be a part of the women empowerment movement, and to get more young women into a STEM field. Carson Anne loves trying new foods, hanging out with friends and family, reading, and summer as a whole.

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Emma Holdren

Emma Holdren is an undergraduate student at Indiana University where she studies Arabic and International Studies. She participated in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth where she studied Arabic in Morocco. She has recently returned from serving as a Youth Ambassador at the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai where she represented the United States to visitors from all over the world. Emma loves connecting with people from different cultures and is passionate about international education and exchange. In her free time, Emma enjoys traveling and getting out into nature especially in her home state of Colorado. She is excited to join the TechGirls team this summer!

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Faith Arata

Faith is a rising junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in social work and pursuing minors in psychology and homeland security and emergency preparedness. This is Faith’s first summer with TechGirls, and first time getting to explore the Blacksburg area. She is looking forward to creating lifelong memories through this program, and empowering young women to pursue leadership opportunities within their communities and beyond. When Faith is not working, she loves swimming, hiking, and fishing, and loves being outside— until the bugs come out.

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Greta Anderson

Greta Anderson is joining the Tech Girls staff team this summer. She graduated from Virginia Tech this spring with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics with a minor in Data and Decisions. During her time as a student at Virginia Tech she was the leader of the AWARE mentorship program where she taught classes to middle school girls on topics such as mental health, goal setting, body image, and healthy relationships. Whenever she can she loves to travel the world and has had the privilege of visiting 26 different countries so far. 

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Laura Gahagan

Laura is a rising Junior at Virginia Tech. She is majoring in Industrial Design and is pursuing a minor in Packaging and Systems Design. This is her second summer working for TechGirls. Last summer she had the opportunity to be the program assistant for the TechGirls 2021 virtual exchange. She is experienced in leadership and design thinking. Through Industrial Design, she is learning how empathy and design intersect. Laura has also traveled to Dubai where she enjoyed being immersed in the intersection of cultures there. Laura loves hanging out with friends and family. She can’t get enough of Blacksburg sunsets, long walks, and photography.

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Nandini Bhelke

Nandini is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Computational Modeling and Data Analysis with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. She spent her early childhood in India and moved to the northern Virginia area at age 12, where she currently resides when not in Blacksburg. Some of her passions include community outreach and women empowerment, so she is looking forward to being a part of TechGirls this summer. She is also enthusiastic about her hobbies, which include painting and crochet. Her hopes for the future are to be able to travel more and to learn how to sew.

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Sarah Regn

Sarah Regn is a New Jersey native who loves bagels, nature, and listening to the Lumineers. After receiving her Masters in Elementary/Special Education, Sarah taught in Taiwan for two years. Wǒ ài táiwān! While in Asia, Sarah traveled to neighboring countries, made local friends, taught in numerous schools, and participated in cultural events like dragon boat racing! In the United States, Sarah has brought her love for the world to her third, fourth, and fifth grade special education classroom. Her students are ecstatic to be participating in a cross-cultural language exchange with Taiwanese kids virtually. If she is not at school, you can find Sarah boxing, cooking, or climbing a New Jersey "mountain". Sarah is passionate about creating equitable opportunities for everyone in education, making sure everyone feels safe and seen, and having fun!

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Vanesa Gonzalez

Vanesa is an Alumni from Texas State University who pursued her career as an educator and  passion for helping others.  During the summer of 2019 she was able to study abroad and teach English classes to children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  She brings a variety of experience assisting with programs like AVID ( Advancement Via Individual Determination)  & ACE (Afterschool Centers for Education) who work with diverse communities.  Vanesa has traveled to Singapore, China, & Thailand and has experienced working in a bilingual setting and wants to continue learning more languages and cultures. Vanesa loves to travel and try new foods and hopes to one day teach internationally again. She loves to read, listen to music, being in nature, hiking, self care and watch Netflix during her free time.  This year will be her first year being apart of TechGirls and is super excited to be working with the program. 

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Victoria Johnson

Victoria Johnson is a rising junior at Virginia Tech pursuing a Biological Sciences Major and a minor in Spanish.  She has visions of being a doctor in the future and studies hard to pursue her goals.  Fun fact is she has been a treat maker at Mrs. Joy’s Fabulous Treat Shop since 2018.  She was born and raised in southwest Virginia. For Victoria serving others and having a positive attitude is really important. 

TechGirls is a U.S. Department of State initiative and exchange program designed to inspire young women around the globe to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development. It is administered by Legacy International in partnership with Virginia Tech, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED).

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