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Canva Driving Diversity in Tech through She Codes Plus Program in Perth

Canva has partnered with She Codes Australia for their Perth Plus program for 2023/2024, which recently began in September. With the program well and truly underway, 24 women are in the midst of their coding journey, as they undertake a range of projects, attend weekly classes, and create meaningful connections, powering them to enter technical roles post-program.

Through this partnership, Canva is driving diversity in tech by making this program as easily accessible to participants as possible, through the Canva Force for Good Scholarship. This scholarship, inspired by one of Canva’s core values, Be a Force For Good, aims to make the world a better place through positive actions, inclusion and diversity.

Stephanie Zuniga-Maher, DEI Partner at Canva said, “We’re incredibly proud to partner with She Codes Plus to support the next generation of women from all different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to pursue technical roles and build meaningful careers. The more we can use our skills for good to upskill, uplift and empower women to break into tech, the more we can build a better, more inclusive world for everyone.”

We recently sat down with Goya Zheng and Shannon Oliver, recipients of the Canva Force for Good scholarship for 2023, who shared what they’re looking forward to most in the program.

“What excites me most is the prospect of connecting with a diverse group of individuals, each bringing a unique background and perspective to the table.” Goya shared.

“I’m most excited about the incredible, supportive atmosphere at She Codes, where I’ve discovered an empowering community that quickly erased any doubts I had about belonging in the tech world.” Shannon added.

When asked what being recipients of Canva’s Force for Good scholarship means to them, Goya shared, “Being a recipient of the Canva Force for Good scholarship is incredibly meaningful to me. As someone who genuinely loves using Canva, receiving a scholarship, especially one that aligns with the Force for Good initiative, is beyond exciting.”

“I have also never felt luckier in my life to have been chosen for the Canva Force for Good scholarship, which is giving me a chance to make the world a better place through technology, with plans to create lasting positive changes!” Shannon added.

At She Codes, we work with organisations to upskill internal talent, create a pipeline of fresh talent into the business, increase brand and profile, and solve diversity challenges. If you’re looking to take the next step towards diversity in your team as well as building a pipeline of talent from the broader ecosystem, partner with us!