Have you heard about the Explore Careers In Technology Event (ExCITE)?

The Explore Careers In Technology Event (ExCITE) is sponsored by the CIO Council and the People of Color in Technology (POC-IT) affinity group. ExCITE is focused on career advancement and increasing internal DEI hiring within the Stanford technology community. The second POC-IT ExCITE event was held on Thursday, March 17. 

Sessions presented opportunities for participants to network and learn together. This event also included discussions about career exploration through workshops and presentations.  See the complete list of sessions and available recordings below.

The POC-IT affinity group continues to work behind the scenes and through events like ExCITE to increase representation and opportunities for people of color in technology roles, or aspiring to technology roles, at Stanford. Look for the next ExCITE event in July!

List of sessions and available recordings

  • Main room opening session
  • Career Karaoke sessions
  • Reframing Professionalism: Tools for Advocacy in the Workplace (workshop led by Bianca Tonantzin Zamora)
  • Networking and the Importance of Making Connections (conversation led by Maria Inciong and Bobbi Woody-Mistriel) – Recording
  • Behind the Curtain: Insights from Hiring Managers – Recording
  • Career Switching: Non-Tech to Tech (panel featuring Nancy Ware, Leda Muller, Terrell McQuitta) – Recording
  • IT Job Openings at Stanford (panel featuring leaders from across Stanford IT) – Recording
  • Choosing Words Wisely in All Contexts: An Overview of the Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative (EHLI) and Ways to Apply it Everyday (workshop led by Rodney Carter) – Recording and Slides
  • Putting the Best You Forward (workshop led by Dani Aivazian) – Recording and Slides
  • Main room closing session 

About POC-IT

Stanford People of Color in Technology (POC-IT) is a university-wide affinity group that advances representation, engagement, and support of people of any color in technology roles at Stanford. While primarily aimed at university, SLAC, and Stanford Medicine staff who work or have an interest in technology roles, POC-IT also welcomes faculty and students, allies, and those in non-technology roles who are interested in participating.

If you would like to learn more about POC-IT and the various initiatives and events, please visit the POC-IT website or email poc-it-connect@lists.stanford.edu. You can also join our Slack community. We hope to see you at future POC-IT events! 


IDEAL IT is a system of programs focused on diversifying recruitment, deepening inclusion and belonging, and increasing overall cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) across Stanford IT.

Conceived from the beginning as “IDEAL for the IT Community at Stanford,” the program is sponsored as a strategic initiative by the CIO Council. Visit the IDEAL IT website for more information.

POC-IT is an IDEAL IT program.

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