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Ada’s Updated Mission, Vision, and Values

Over the past year, Ada has faced some unique challenges that led to significant changes in how we think about our impact. We have reevaluated our guiding principles through a robust planning process and aligned them around a new set of vision, mission, and values. These guiding principles will drive us to have the biggest impact we can while staying true to our program quality and core beliefs.  In engaging our community, it was essential for us to: Gather and incorporate…

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Stop Asian Hate

At Ada, we have spent the last week with our AAPI students and staff – holding space and taking care of each other.  Our hearts are broken, and our community is scared and grieving.  We are calling on our broader Ada community to do more than condemn these actions. We must acknowledge the longstanding history of anti-Asian sentiment in this country and the dramatic underrepresentation of Asian Americans across our institutions. These deep-seated biases and historic actions of our nation…

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Ada Developers Academy is a Top 10 Finalist for the Equality Can’t Wait $10 Million Grant

The Challenge will award $40 million to accelerate the pace of progress toward gender equality in America. Contact: Rakia Wells, marketing@adadevelopersacademy.org SEATTLE, WA (March 8th, 2021) – Ada Developers Academy may be the best kept secret in Seattle until today. Out of five hundred and fifty hopeful applicants vying for the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, Ada has been selected as a top 10 finalist for one of three $10 million awards. This sizable grant opens up possibilities for national expansion…

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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with Stories from Adies

This AAPI Heritage Month, we celebrate the voices and journeys of current students and alums who worked their way through adversity to find their place in tech. These powerful women, trans, and nonbinary folks recount their biggest challenges and aspirations in the industry while giving thanks and gratitude to the folks that came before them. In Asian culture, Filipinos are kind of lower on the totem pole of Asians. We’re called third culture kids, “you are of Filipino descent, but…

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Parenting and Programming

Learning how to code is a new venture for many Adies when they first join the Ada program. Whether leaving a full-time job to pursue software development, making a career shift, exploring a new avenue of problem-solving, the pathways to code are endless. One pathway we will explore today is taking on the journey to code while being a parent. Is it possible? What does it look like? A handful of Adie parents share their experience parenting while programming. “I’ve…

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AdieCon: A Behind the Scenes look with Co-Creators Jade Vance and Leah Petersen

Interview lead by Rakia Wells, Communication Specialist Cohort 5 Alum Jade Vance and Leah Petersen are the Co-Creators of AdieCon, an Alum driven conference meant to inspire, connect, and grow the Adie network. What started as an idea between friends blossomed into a renowned hub of inspiration and coveted industry talent.  Jade and Leah share their passion for implementing change in the tech industry and passing the torch to future Adies.  RW: Jade and Leah, thank you for joining me.…

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Black Adies @ Ada: Stacy Lundquist

Interview lead by Rakia Wells, Communication Specialist Part 3, the final interview, highlighting the experiences of Black Adies at Ada and beyond. Stacy Lundquist Cohort 14 Currently: Headed to Internship Stacy Lundquist (she/her) from Cohort 14 wasn’t immediately accepted into the program. As she plans to transition into her internship, she mentions she got in on her third time applying. What we were unable to document via phone, Stacy graciously wrote in. RW: Stacy, tell me more about your journey…

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Digital Cohort Expansion

By: Jane, Admissions Specialist In March, we will have reached our first year of facilitating our program entirely online as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, we were saddened that our students would not experience the hands-on, collaborative, in-person learning model that Ada is so well known for. It was difficult, but our Education team worked tirelessly to translate our in-person program online as accurately as possible. Even after adapting our program online, there were bumps along…

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Black Adies @ Ada: Lynn Griffin

Interview lead by Rakia Wells, Communication Specialist This is Part 2 of a 3 part series highlighting the experiences of Black Adies at Ada and beyond. Lynn Griffin Cohort 10 Currently at: Indeed Lynn Griffin (they/them) and I comment on the warm sunlight coming through the blinds and the Pacific Northwest’s lack thereof. Hailing from Phoenix and initiating a solo road trip to the Emerald City, Lynn paints the picture of how they found themselves at Ada Developers Academy. LG:…

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Black Adies @ Ada: Ana Lisa Sutherland

Interview lead by Rakia Wells, Communication Specialist This is Part 1 of a 3 part series highlighting the experiences of Black Adies at Ada and beyond. Ana Lisa Sutherland Cohort 9 Currently at: Artsy Ana Lisa (she/her), from Cohort 9, joins me virtually in her Seattle apartment, cozied up on the couch, nestled next to her french bulldog puppy, Hops. As we get settled and check the wifi connection, Ana Lisa starts to describe her journey to tech. AL: I…

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