Div Day is a conference that empowers historically marginalized communities interested in STEM by providing opportunities to participate in discussions, speaker series, and workshops aimed to end the lack of diverse talent.

February 15th, 2020 @ UT Austin

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Time Event Provider/Speaker Location
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration & Light Breakfast Coffee Traders GDC Atrium
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Keynote Speaker Brandon “AK” Akpunku GDC 2.216
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Workshops Session #1 Steven Natera, Crystle Johnson, Google GDC 1.304, 2.210, 4.302
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Roundtable Discussions & Lunch Torchy's Tacos GDC Atrium
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Workshops Session #2 Disney, Indeed, Tableau GDC 1.406, 4.304, 6.302
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Networking Session Sponsors and Speakers GDC Atrium
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Diversity Panel Crystle Johnson, Disney, Indeed GDC 2.216
4:00 PM Closing Remarks Div Day Committee GDC 2.216

Keynote Speaker

Brandon “AK” Akpunku

Chief Excellence Orator at The One 3rd

Brandon “AK” Akpunku is the founder & host of The One 3rd, a podcast that allows diverse voices to share their experiences as business-minded creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Shining a light on the authentic journeys of challenges and triumphs, the podcast works to provide a platform that changes the narrative of diversity and inclusion one story at a time.

AK is a former pro athlete, that has transitioned into the tech ecosystem in Austin. By way of Dallas, his passion for challenging perspectives and seeking representation for those typically left out of the conversation has helped him build communities such as Young Black Austin.

Workshops Session #1

Time Speaker Title Location
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Steven Natera Navigating a Career Switch into Tech GDC 1.406
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Crystle Johnson Brand Yourself GDC 4.304
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Google Unconscious Bias Workshop GDC 6.302

Workshops Session #2

Time Speaker Title Location
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Disney Create the Tech Behind the Magic GDC 1.406
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Indeed Owning Your Mental Health: Navigating the Transition from College to Career GDC 4.304
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tableau Professionalism in the Workforce GDC 6.302

Networking Session

Our networking session follows the style of a career fair. Company sponsors will set up tables, and you are free to walk around and talk to them about internship/full-time opportunities or any general questions. In addition, this is a great time to meet new people and build your network.

Diversity Panel

The Diversity Panel will have a moderator, and they will ask questions to our panelists about their struggles and experiences in the workforce. Afterwards, we will open up the floor for questions from the audience. Our panel will feature employes from Disney and Indeed, and Crystle Johnson, who currently works in Diversity, Inclusion, and CSR at EA!

Student Organizations

The Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists (HACS) is an organization that aims to empower and provide support for Hispanic students in computer science through academic, professional, and social events.

The Association of Black Computer Scientists (ABCS) is a student led organization that provides mentorship, networking, and opportunities to African and African-American students seeking an education in computer science.

Company Sponsors


Meet the Committe!


Jorge Garcia


About Jorge

Hello, I am a 4th-year computer science major at UT Austin with a minor in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, I will be a software engineer at Rev.com. Also, I actively participate in Div Day, HACS, SHPE, and the Texas Running Club.


Eden Garza

Assistant Director, HACS Rep

About Eden

I'm a 3rd year computer science major with a focus on diversity and inclusion. I love politics, history, coding, health, and technology. I am super passionate about getting more POC out into the tech industry as well as LGBTQ+ individuals!


Mehrdad Darraji


About Mehrdad

I am a 4th year Computer Science major that's passionate about using technology to help people around the world. I am currently interested in the areas of machine learning, mobile development, and web development.


Diana De La Torre


About Diana

Hello, I am a 3rd-year computational biology major at UT Austin with an elements in computing certificate. I am currently the outreach officer in HACS, Vice President of the Terry Student Scholar Association and an active member in ABCS and Texas Orange Jackets.


Ghaffar Balogun

ABCS Representative

About Ghaffar

I am a third-year Computer Science major here at the University of Texas at Austin. I was born in Honolulu, HI, but I went to high school in Dallas, TX. I love basketball and sports in general, so you can often catch me at Gregory Gymnasium on the court or in the weight room.


Kenji Nakachi


About Kenji

My name is Kenji Nakachi and I'm a first year Computer Science major at UT. I was born and raised in Kyle, Texas and I love to play basketball


Adriana Ixba


About Adriana

4th year Computer Science major at UT Austin. I am passionate about STEM outreach, love being active and playing sports, and improving on my coding skills.

About The Event

Div Day is a one day conference held in the GDC on February 15th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to help empower historically marginalized communities interested in STEM. Div Day will have panels, a keynote speaker, and workshops to talk about topics such as managing a career shift and branding yourself. We aim to create an inclusive space to have conversations concerning prevalent issues in STEM for minority groups. There will be free food, swag, and companies like Disney, Google, and Indeed, making it a great networking opportunity. Check out our Facebook page and event for more information!

Where: Gates Dell Complex 2317 Speedway Austin, TX 78712
When: February 15th, 2020

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