Baseerat C., 22 – FUNDED

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This quote from Maya Angelou deeply inspires Baseerat C., who knows firsthand how meaningful it is to remember everyone who has helped her to get where she is today and how it made her feel when they were very involved in her success thus far. The New Face of Tech winner is on the path toward her dream of becoming an engineer and advocate for women in technology at George Mason University where she is studying electrical engineering.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It means being an advocate for women in technology and boosting an awareness of intersectionality, so we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

I think we need to take into account the impact of intersectionality — because no one story is the same. Often there are multiple factors — societal, cultural, etc. — that play a role.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

I’ve faced a lot of sexism my entire life — in many different ways.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Being a part of different organizations, like Society of Women Engineers, Girls Who Code, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, has helped. What helped the most, though, was finding a female mentor who I was able to click with on a personal level and speak with openly.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

It will allow me to focus on my studies as I continue to pursue my engineering dream.