Diversity Outreach Fellow
Onji Bae, class of 2017, is a proud double major in Computer Science and Critical Social Thought with a focus on Technology & Society. You can always find Onji running around campus promoting the different events and causes she's a part of. She is a Computer Science Society Chair and Co-Founder of Mount Holyoke College Girls in Tech Conference 2016 (MHCGIT). She is committed to bringing better engineering and entrepreneurship opportunities to high school girls in Western Massachusetts. Additionally, Onji is deeply committed to activism, helping revive Mount Holyoke's historic Asian American Students in Action (AASIA) activist org for the AAPI community. She is always thinking of meaningful action plans that will promote inclusiveness, consciousness, and empowerment in her community.
This year, she will be participating in the Clinton Global Institute University 2016 at UC Berkeley to further develop an initiative she co-founded called Pipeline Programming, a program that provides career-oriented computer science education to local prison centers. She has spent the past two summer interning at an edtech start-up in Silicon Valley and plans to extend that experience at another tech company that utilizes tech for social good.
So far, her three years at Mount Holyoke College have allowed Onji to cultivate and refine her greatest passions: social justice, tech, and entrepreneurship. She says, "At Mount Holyoke, you are encouraged everyday by your professors and peers to think critically and challenge the status quo. Nothing is more empowering than a growing consciousness of the world and yourself."