Dessa Lyn De Castro , BCS Faculty
I am Dessa Lyn J. de Castro, a full-time faculty of the Institute of Computing Studies. I have always been an advocate of women’s empowerment by standing up for my belief that our voices as women should not be suppressed, that we have our rights that should be accepted and respected by society, that men and women are equal concerning skills and capabilities. One of my motivations to be a career woman is to showcase my capabilities as a woman, especially in our field of technological studies that were dominated by men. It was very fulfilling to get to do tasks that were expected to be completed by a man. My parents are my greatest influencers. I have looked up to my father because of his wisdom. He taught me that in life, education should always be constant, that I should always strive to acquire education because he believes that as long as you are living there are always things that you don’t know yet. That is why education doesn’t stop by getting a diploma, it is a never-ending process. He taught me that I should not be content with what I know now and should always be interested in seeking answers for the unknown. My father molded me as a career woman, while my mother molded me as a human. My mother has taught me how to be compassionate, how to touch lives in my own, simple way. She taught me the meaning of being selfless especially when it comes to the most important persons in my life. Now that I am a mother of two beautiful angels, I am stepping it up for women empowerment by educating my children as young advocates, about women’s rights. In that way, I can ensure a better future for them. My advocacy has always been applied in my profession as a teacher. I have learned through experience that I can be a professional by doing my job ethically and at the same time, I can also be compassionate to students by not just focusing on their output but by knowing the backstory of their output.