2024 NCWIT Summit Livestream

The 2024 NCWIT Summit will take place from May 20-22. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 20, 2024

 1:00–2:30PM

Welcome and Joanne McGrath Cohoon Memorial Plenary: The Professional Culture of STEM: Challenges and Possibilities with Erin Cech

What does the culture of STEM have to do with inequality? Professional cultures of STEM, which give each discipline its particular “feel” and unite discipline members under a taken-for-granted system of meanings and values, are not benign. Drawing from several US National Science Foundation-funded studies, articles, and my recent book, Misconceiving Merit, I argue that these professional cultures can have built within them intersectional inequalities along gender, race/ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ status. I discuss the role of three cultural ideologies—the Schema of Scientific Excellence, Depoliticization, and the Meritocratic Ideology—in producing these disadvantages. I will then discuss how we can interrupt these ideologies: how we can be vigilant about these ideologies in our organizations, how we check our own understanding of STEM excellence, and how we can cultivate a growth mindset around inclusion.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

 9:00–10:30AM

Panel Discussion: Working Toward a More Inclusive Future for Tech

Technology surrounds us and is increasingly pervasive in all we do and see. We’ve got ChatGPT and the rise of AI everywhere, smart drone tech, electric vehicles that drive themselves, virtual and augmented reality making a resurgence, and the mysteries of quantum science are poised to influence everything. These advances can be overwhelming and bewildering — but what does it all mean for our society? In particular, what does it mean for inclusion and equity? How can we get ahead of these new technologies and harness their potential for a more just and innovative future? How can we avoid the pitfalls of the past and avoid playing catch up with respect to mitigating cultural collateral damage — especially when it comes to the marginalized people in the world?

Moderated by Bryndan D. Moore, an African-American engineer, futurist, and multimedia producer. He is a leading voice at the intersection of innovation and societal impact.

The panel will feature:

Margaret Martonosi – H.T. Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University

Angelique Taylor – Assistant Professor in the Information Science Department at Cornell Tech and Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Lab (AIRLab)

Diya K. Wynn – Responsible AI Lead at AWS

Gia Ramos – NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Winner and Founder of Girl Innovation

11:00–12:30PM

Liberatory Futures for Computing Literacy with Amy Ko

I see two futures of technology, playing out in a parallel. One in which it further empowers the powerful, who will use it to enrich themselves at the expense of others. And another in which the powerless harness it to reimagine power. I hope for a future in which people recognize that technology is not the point; people and community are, and technology is just a tool to enrich our collective lives.

1:30–3:00PM

Beyond Tech Skills, Supporting First-Generation Professionals as They Navigate Their Career with Jacob Martinez and Kelsey Flood 

Digital NEST provides underserved youth from under-resourced rural communities in California with the skills, resources, and network to build and launch successful careers. We operate NEST centers in five cities in California: Watsonville, Salinas, Gilroy, Modesto, and soon Stockton. Our free programs provide a bridge for underserved youth—87% Latinx and 40% women—to enter tech careers from which they have been historically excluded. Since opening our doors, nearly 3,800 14–24-year-olds have engaged in Digital NEST programming, helping to create a more diverse tech workforce.

We work closely with tech businesses to engage their employees as mentors and to create a pipeline for NEST members so they can transition into paid internships and career-path positions. Alumni who secure tech jobs help ensure the door that was opened to them is open to other members by advocating for them and providing guidance as they begin their careers.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

9:00-10:30AM

Inspirational Closing Plenary with Billy Mills

Billy Mills was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Although Pine Ridge is very rich in culture and spirit, it is continually recognized economically as one of the poorest communities in America with unemployment reaching 80%.

Billy was orphaned by the age of 12 and sent to boarding schools. He graduated from high school Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. Billy became involved in distance running and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas.

Never winning a major race in track and field or cross country, he continued to show promise by making All-American seven times.

Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, Billy was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and continued training for the Olympic Team in 1964. He made the Olympic Team in two events, the marathon and the 10,000 meter run. He trained his body, mind, and soul for “peak performance”. And the world was about to see the greatest upset in Olympic history unfold.

Today, Billy is an accomplished businessman, author and National Spokesperson for Christian Relief Services and Running Strong for American Indian Youth.

A major motion picture has been made about Billy, titled “Running Brave” and has been a positive influence on many of our American youth.

 

2024 NCWIT Summit Sponsors

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