Fam Friday is a monthly virtual tech event for Black and Latinx Computer Science students, hosted by ColorStack. The event aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers, as well as to create a sense of community and belonging among attendees.
The November Fam Friday event was particularly focused on the themes of happiness and belonging in the workplace. The event featured guest speakers from top companies in the tech industry, including Figma, Jane Street Capital, Mastercard, and GoDaddy.
One of the key topics discussed was the importance of discovering unique roles within the tech industry. Eduardo Ramirez, a Researcher (Product Research) at, Figma emphasized the value of finding a career path that aligns with an individual's interests and strengths, and encouraged students to explore the many different roles that are available within the tech sector, UX research in particular.
Another important topic was the importance of work-life balance. The guest speaker Kelvin Abrokwa-Johnson, a Software Engineer at Jane Street, shared his own strategies for achieving a healthy balance between his professional and personal livfe, and emphasized the need for individuals to advocate for their own well-being in the workplace.
At the end of the Fam Friday sessions, ColorStack gave away $600 worth of prizes to students who answered trivia questions concerning what speaker's presentation the fastest.
Overall, the Fam Friday event provided valuable insights and advice for Black and Latinx Computer Science students looking to establish happiness and belonging in the tech industry. The event was a great success, and we look forward to continuing to support and empower these students in their careers.
Don't miss out on our next Fam Friday event, happening on Dec. 17th! This month's theme is "Don't Overthink It," and the goal is to provide a fun and relaxing way for students to wrap up their semester. The event will feature helpful sessions on building your personal brand, as well as a coaching session from ColorStack's in-house Career Coach Catalina Pena. Fam Friday is a monthly online event that is open to all ColorStack members. It provides a recurring space for Black and Latinx computer science students to gather as a community, engage with industry professionals, and gain valuable professional skills. Sign up now to reserve your spot here.