Angel Sharks kick off a new year
Angel Sharks is a volunteer group within Delphix that works to raise awareness of and bring philanthropic opportunities to employees. Each year, Angel Sharks chooses a theme to support and promote awareness of for that year. Last year, we chose hunger; this included celebrating a major product release with volunteer events at Food Banks local to our offices, and engaging our interns with the local community as well.
This year, we have chosen to support programs that support and promote STEM education, with a focus pre-college aged minority and underprivileged students. As there continues to be a lack of diversity in our industry, this is our part to encourage and to give more students the opportunity to pursue STEM. Supporting this theme is also demonstrative of our culture and the team at Delphix - we strive to be inclusive, and actively embrace diversity.
So, what action are we taking this year?
Delphix supports a matching donation program. This means Delphix matches donations employees make to 501c3 organizations. We have created a Delphix STEM fund for employees to donate to. The fund includes organizations that support STEM in in the local communities of our respective offices: Silicon Valley, Denver and Boston.
Delphix also continues supports various programs for young girls interested in CS. Artemis is one of these programs. Organized and executed by undergraduate women in CS at Brown University, Artemis is a Summer-long program exposing local middle school girls to CS fundamentals and opportunities in technology. Similarly at MIT, Code It! is a program organized by the women of the SWE Chapter at MIT. Over a long weekend, the program exposes underprivileged middle school girls in the Boston area to concepts in CS.
This is only the beginning of the year for us, and Delphix is really looking forward to continuing and expanding our support for STEM education! We'll be sure to continue posting blogs about our progress throughout the year.