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The Rikers Coding Project Workshops

Public Humanities, Justice-in-Education

September 18, 2017

The Rikers Coding Project is a student-run initiative that brings students of Barnard College and Columbia University to the Rosen M. Singer Center (part of Rikers Island jail in NYC) to teach a series of coding workshops. We believe learning to code is an important practical skill, and is empowering as one learns how technology works. Coding education is also inaccessible to many because of a lack of financial resources, bias against one’s gender or orientation, or emotional encouragement and support. The Rikers Project is designed to open up the world of code for students at Rikers, and demonstrate that the high-paying jobs in tech are within their reach. Our custom written curriculum aims to teach all the skills necessary to build a website from the ground up--including HTML and CSS, as well as principles of design, communication, and entrepreneurship. The program was founded with the support of the Athena Digital Design Agency, and the Heyman Center and has a strong focus on justice through coding education by and for students.

Contact: [email protected]

Workshop Schedule Fall 2017:

12:00pm - 5:30pm

9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21