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Turing Culture: Developing Empathetic Programmers

Our mission is to unlock human potential by training a diverse, inclusive student body to succeed in high-fulfillment technical careers.

Why Empathy?

  • Interpersonal skills (including empathy) have a direct, significant impact on your professional success.
  • Empathy is a foundational interpersonal skill. Other skills, such as collaboration, communication, compromise all hinge on your ability to demonstrate empathy.
  • Interpersonal skills, including empathy, can be developed and improved.
  • Turing's mission (cited above) demands that we support students development of technical and interpersonal skills.

Pre-Work Preparation


Read two of the following articles/videos (we recommend all of them!) and reflect on these questions: why are we talking about empathy at a software development school? how can you develop the "skill" of empathy? and why should you care?


After reading the articles above, create a gist on Github and reflect (4-6 sentences) on the following prompts.

  • What role does empathy play in your life and how has it helped you?
  • How does empathy help you build better software?
  • Why is empathy important for working on a team?
  • Describe a situation in which your ability to empathize with a colleague or teammate was helpful.
  • When do you find it most difficult to be empathetic in professional settings? How can you improve your skills when faced with these scenarios?