Creating diverse spaces
in the tech industry
HACKER REFACTOR AT A GLANCE
We are a student-led computer science club and ACM-W chapter at Oregon State University-Cascades. Our mission is to advocate for diversity in STEM, providing a safe and supportive tech environment for everyone. We fulfill this mission through our three pillars: Community, Professionalism, and Outreach.
WHAT WE DO
Tech should be a place where everyone belongs and feels comfortable enough to explore the millions of opportunities to change the world for the better. Hacker Refactor’s most important goal is bridging the gap between the intimidation of technology and creating welcoming communities. We believe change comes through people, and people make change when they feel supported and heard. So, we create spaces where people belong.
Becoming a good technologist is about more than good grades and fiddling with code. To really thrive in any industry, experience in the field is crucial! We want people to succeed in whatever path they choose, so we develop professional skills workshops, create business and career opportunities, and send people to conferences to round out their knowledge and gain industry experience.
We know that representation matters! Many Hackers wish for inspiring models to look up to in the tech industry as we sit in mostly male-dominated CS classes. So we focus on bringing up the next generation of amazing people in technology by working with local middle and high schools to provide tech-related resources and lessons. Most importantly, we bring ourselves to show younger kids to see that anyone can be in technology, including them!
The most damaging phrase in our language is:
"It's always been done that way."
COME JOIN US
We are a student-first organization, working to provide professional opportunities and community events.
Bringing up the next generation with technology is important, and we would love to help teach CS-related topics in your K-12 classroom!
Hacker Refactor started because a group of women saw a need for a safe space on campus as they fought to find a sense of a belonging within the tech industry. This club is more than bringing tech to the masses; it’s about being part of a diverse and supportive community.
I joined Hacker Refactor because of the sense of community the club creates. When I started in the CS program I was still pretty new in town and felt very isolated but the Hacker team reached out and made me feel like I really belonged here.
I joined Hacker Refactor because it was the only group related to CS that was engaging and empowering women and other underrepresented groups. It has been incredible to be a part of a group that has brought a deep sense of community to our program, but also to then help lead that group. Hacker Refactor has changed the CS program at OSU-Cascades for the better.
President: Kimberly Markley
Vice President: Abbey Hankins
Secretary: Kameron Beamer
Treasurer: Blake Pugh
Officer, Bye Sessions: Nathan Nelson
Officer: Ashley Doerfler
Officer, Social Media & IT: Crista Tuitt
Faculty Advisor: Prof Jill Hubbard
CONTACT HACKER REFACTOR
1500 SW Chandler Avenue Bend, Oregon 97702