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Ruth Mesfun

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Ruth Mesfun wants to open doors so that all students have access to computer science.

A 2012 corps member in Charlotte, she taught middle school science, and her students' growth was in the top 10 percent in the district. She also created a computer programming club for 40 students and the UNSUNG Scientist Project, an advocacy project that spreads information on minority scientists that are impacting or have impacted our society.

After completing a Flatiron School Fellowship, she is now a sixth grade computer science teacher at Excellence Girls Middle Academy in Brooklyn, as well as People of Color in Tech (POCIT), a media outlet that amplifies the voices of people of color in tech through interviews and articles. It has been featured in TechCrunch, WIRED,, Engadget, and Product Hunt among others.