Saint Mary’s has something to offer Silicon Valley. Technology companies are excited about a proposed curriculum model that weds technology and liberal arts, according to Mark Chiarucci, a major gifts officer at the College.
“They see it as an opportunity to have an impact on what learning is going to look like in the 21st century,” he said.
A recent gift from Facebook illustrates that interest. The $25,000 donation from the social media giant kicks off a scholarship fund for women interested in pursuing careers in technology. The Facebook Women in Technology Scholarship will support female digital media minors at Saint Mary’s.
Christina Reinhard, associate director of development for individual giving, said the goal is to address the disparity between the number of women and men pursuing technology careers. The scholarship is an offshoot of a larger technology and learning initiative spearheaded by Communication Department Chair Ed Tywoniak, who noted that Facebook “really values diversity” and is working to improve the pipeline of talent from U.S. colleges and universities.