- Mouse Alum, Bard High School Early College
- Associate Degree in Graphic Design, Pratt Institute (2016), Bachelor of Arts, Computer Information Systems, Baruch College (2011), AA, Liberal Arts, Bard College (2008)
- Web Coordinator, Mouse (2009-Present), Technology Intern, MOD-Lab (Summer 2011), Ident Inc (2008)
How did you become involved with Mouse?
Ioana immigrated to the US from Romania when we she was 11. When her father bought their first computer, it sparked her interest in technology. She loved learning all about technology and was designing websites at the age of 12.
One day when Ioana was in 11th grade, a college advisor had a technical issue with her computer. As she watched Ioana quickly resolve the problem, the advisor suggested that Ioana connect with the technology educator in her high school. Together, Ioana and this educator brought the Mouse program to Bard High School Early College.
“Whenever I wasn’t in class, I was helping teaching and other students with technology. It was amazing. It was empowering.”
Why do you feel it’s important to engage more young women in technology?
Ioana believes strongly in engaging more girls in technology at an early age. “Girls are still told that they can’t do what boys can do. Mouse is saying that’s not true.”
“When I started, I thought that technology was only for boys, even though I did it all the time. But no one at my school ever made me feel that I shouldn’t be involved in technology just because I am girl. So I realized I could do this."
"Mouse started this movement 20 years ago. Mouse was a pioneer of bringing the idea that young people can contribute to society through technology."
What did you bring to college as result of these experiences?
Ioana graduated with a degree in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College. “I knew I wanted to be in technology and my family wanted me to do something useful.” During college, Ioana also was a Technology Intern for Mouse.
“Mouse gave me confidence and inspired me to gather more knowledge and continue improving my skills. Mouse also helped me to develop a sensitivity to others -- to be part of a team and work well with others. Mouse helped me believe in myself and to believe in the good of others.”
Why is it important to provide opportunities to young people to design?
Ioana believes it is important to involve young people in design at an early age. “This tells them early on that they are capable as designers and authors of their own experiences.”
“Mouse gives young people agency, gives them the feeling that they then can make it happen. Once you think about using technology for a purpose, it becomes integral to who are. It shapes young people in a different way -- to think about doing good for others.”
What has been the impact of Mouse in your life?
“Mouse always meant to me the idea of making and inventing to make a positive impact and improve the life of others. Mouse started this movement 20 years ago. Mouse was a pioneer of bringing the idea that young people can contribute to society through technology.”
Ioana feels that Mouse means more now than ever. “The world is more aware of the good technology can do and the power young people possess. Mouse helps young people reach their potential."