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IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie Honored

October 6, 2014 | By admin

LAURIE BURNS MCROBBIE, IU'S FIRST LADYWomen and Hi Tech chose Indiana University first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie as the recipient of its 2014 Leadership Award. McRobbie was honored for her contribution in promoting women and technology at IU and Indiana. The Leadership Award merits an individual whose leadership contributed to the success of Indiana women in the world of technology. Women and Hi Tech is a nonprofit organization that serves to engage, educate and support women in science, technology and engineering in Indiana.

McRobbie is is an adjunct faculty member in the IU School of Informatics and Computing. She is co-founder and serves as an advisory council chair of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT). The Center is a community of female students, staff and faculty with professional interests in technology. Within a year of its inception, CEWiT has already built a large community and presence at IU Bloomington and McRobbie was a great influence and driving force behind it.

Because of McRobbie’s passion and commitment technology, she was able to create the Serve IT program at IU. Serve IT is a service-learning program that offers students the opportunity to provide technology services to nonprofit organizations based in Bloominton. The program serves more then 26 Bloomintgon-area nonprofits, and more than 40 percent of the students participating in Serve IT are women.

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