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Centeno and Prendergast receive Rutgers Gateway Award

Written by: Brady Kim

Congratulations to Dr. Ana Paula Centeno and Dr. Lydia Prendergast, Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows, who received the Rutgers Gateway Award - Service to Students as part of the inaugural Presidential Employee Excellence Recognition Awards. The award recognized team members from the Douglass College Advancing Women in Computer Science (AWiCS) team for their dedication to removing barriers and enhancing access to education for students pursuing computer science. Drs. Centeno and Prendergast, alongside their esteemed colleagues, have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity within the field of computer science, particularly in supporting and empowering undergraduate women.

As integral members of AWiCS, Drs. Centeno and Prendergast have played pivotal roles in advancing the representation of women in computer science disciplines. Since its inception in 2016, AWiCS has been instrumental in increasing the presence of women in the computer science major and minor at Rutgers. Through their collaborative efforts with the Department of Computer Science, Douglass Residential College, and DIMACS, the AWiCS team has demonstrated a commitment to creating an environment where all students can thrive and succeed.

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Drs. Ana Paula Centeno and Lydia Prendergast