New York City, December 4, 2023 — Naomi Arroyo, Co-Leader of Floreo Labs, has been honored with the prestigious Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Systems-Level Award, a recognition of her outstanding efforts to advocate for and expand access to PK-12 computer science education at the district, state, and national levels.
The Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards, supported by Cognizant and Teach for America, aim to identify and celebrate individuals making measurable impacts in expanding access to computer science education. This accolade, awarded within the Systems-Level category, acknowledges Arroyo's innovative approach to leadership, emphasizing bold thinking, concrete results, and a steadfast commitment to equity and belonging in computer science education.
The Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards are a testament to the critical role of computer science education in building a diverse and equitable workforce. With a mission to equip students with essential competencies for the future job market, these awards recognize leaders who champion access to computer science education from an early age.
Key Selection Criteria:
Innovation: Demonstrates new, bold thinking and practices.
Impact: Drives concrete, measurable results.
Equity: Embodies a commitment to equity and belonging.
Computer Science Passion: Shows dedication to expanding computer science educational opportunities.
“I am honored to receive the Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Systems-Level Award. This acknowledgment is a testament to the transformative power of community-centered design in fostering equitable access to computer science education. It reflects not just my journey, but the collective efforts of Floreo Labs in making the innovation process accessible for individuals of every background. This award energizes our commitment to creating a more inclusive economy through education innovation.” - Naomi Arroyo
As the Systems-Level Award winner, Naomi Arroyo will receive a $10,000 cash prize and communications opportunities with Teach For America and Cognizant's audiences. This recognition not only celebrates her achievements but also amplifies her innovative approach to systems-level leadership.
"We could not be more proud to honor vital community leaders like Yanepsi, Mira, Naomi, and Dominick," said Tobi Young, Senior Vice President of Legal, Regulatory, and Corporate Affairs at Cognizant. "Today's evolving work landscape demands a proactive approach to education: expanding the pool of quality STEM teachers that represent the communities they work in, creating early exposure to sciences, and bridging resource gaps is pivotal, especially as a teacher shortage persists across the country and AI changes workplace talent demands. These talented individuals are working to ensure that every child has access to transformative STEM education, breaking barriers and shapping tomorrow's skilled workforce."
The Cognizant Innovation in Computer Science Education Systems-Level Award underscores Arroyo's dedication to dismantling systemic barriers, fostering inclusivity, and creating a more equitable future through computer science education.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that today's students are equipped to have agency, knowledge, and skills to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow. Supporting and developing great computer science educators like Yanepsi, Mira, Naomi, and Dominick is foundational in that effort," said Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO of Teach For America. "As young people yearn for a relevant, engaging, and rigorous education computer science learning must be readily available to all PK-12 students. Any student interested in computer science, should have the opportunity and preparation to excel at it. If lots more students are prepared to innovate and create within their communities, country, and world, all of us live in a better society."
Congratulations to Naomi Arroyo and the other finalists in this year award selection!
About Floreo Labs
Floreo Labs is an innovation lab with a mission to develop a stronger, more inclusive economy by making the innovation process accessible for individuals and institutions of every background. Through community-centered solutions, Floreo Labs aims to create a positive impact on the future of work and education.