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Welcome to SONAC

SONAC: Sisterhood of Native American Coders is a nonprofit that creates access and exposure to the field of computer science (CS) to address the disparities in opportunities to learn for underrepresented Native American girls.

The mission of SONAC is to inspire the next generation of young female innovators to pursue careers in STEM by engaging them at an early age (9-12 yrs.) when interest levels can falter so to create and foster a lifelong passion for STEM.

SONAC Programs

We are honored to share that our Summer 2020 and Spring 2021 Programs successfully concluded in October 2020 and June 2021, including over 120 girls across 25 states and representing 82 unique tribal affiliations!

SONAC provides an engaging introduction to STEM for Native American girls. Participants of the 12-week program receive guidance and instruction from a fellow girl in STEM, Elisabeth Holm, who offers over 8 years of programming experience, expertise in 7 programming languages, as well as years of experience with Arduinos, robotics competitions, and a lifetime of knowing how to have fun in STEM. The 12-week program also includes mentoring from women in STEM as well as role model guest speakers.

Testimonials

I really love coding and will encourage other girls to try it. I also want to thank my teachers, you all are amazing people. I can’t wait to try out my new skills on my own projects at home and at school." 

– S.Y., SONAC Class of Spring 2021

“The teachers were positive, encouraging, and nice. Thank you! I love coding now thanks to you."

– F.T., SONAC Class of Summer 2020

“I loved the fact that it reduces barriers for Native American girls in STEM. She enjoyed meeting other girls her age and met some of them on Roblox. We liked the speakers, as well. And the learning environment"

– Parent, SONAC Class of Spring 2021

Meet the Team

Elisabeth A. Holm
Founder
Elisabeth Holm, an aspiring computer scientist with a passion for AI/Machine learning, has been an ambassador and advocate for girls in STEM for 9 years...
Marissa Allen
Mentor
Marissa Allen is a software engineer and a member of the Navajo Nation working to make a positive impact on the world using technology. She discovered her passion for programming in college...
Dianna Soule
Mentor
Dianna Soule is a registered member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians who has been finding joy in the creative process of writing code for 15 years. Growing up, her indigenous family members shared with her their love of art, crafting and creativity through baking, beading, sewing, and basket weaving...

Latest News

Dell Technology Perspectives Feature

Dell Technology Perspectives Feature

Read about Founder Elisabeth Holm and SONAC's feature in a Dell Perspectives Article by Chris Erik Thomas https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/perspectives/elisabeth-holm-sonac-teaching-stem-new-generation-indigenous-girls/

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Featured Founder and Selected Contributor to INCO’s International Guide on Inclusion and Diversity – “Pow’her in Tech” Initiative

Featured Founder and Selected Contributor to INCO’s International Guide on Inclusion and Diversity – “Pow’her in Tech” Initiative

Elisabeth Holm, Founder of SONAC, was a Featured Founder and selected contributor to INCO.org’s international guide on inclusion and diversity…

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Featured Panel Member for “Launching and Running an Advocacy Group” – Finding Ada Conference 2020

Featured Panel Member for “Launching and Running an Advocacy Group” – Finding Ada Conference 2020

View the panel discussion from the Finding Ada Conference 2020 at the link below! https://www.patreon.com/posts/launching-and-50904544 Synopsis Why create a women's…

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