Chicago Crusader: Black Girls CODE Chicago Looks to Change Digital Landscape


Working in the tech sector as an African American woman can be daunting. Chicago native Jamila Parham, BGC Chicago event/volunteer lead, who works as an IT Project Manager at Chicago Transit Authority, identified a double standard in positions of leadership, especially for women of color


Jamila Parham, who graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics/animation and a master’s degree in information project management from Keller Graduate School in Chicago, said she didn’t have role models in technology to look up to, which is why she’s committed to BGC Chicago. “I believe this is my purpose, to encourage young women of color, whether it’s career-wise or even personal growth; to reach back like women before me did

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