This newsletter provides a monthly recap of the biggest headlines about women and computing, news about NCWIT, and links to resources to equip you as change leaders for increasing women’s participation in technology. Practices or content of the news presented are not vetted or endorsed by NCWIT.
Co-producers Televisa Foundation, a non-profit that brings cultural and educational programs to Latinos in the U.S., and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a non-profit that works to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing, launched the third chapter of TECHNOLOchicas. First launched in 2015, this multi-media campaign features the powerful stories of Latinas in technology from diverse backgrounds and environments, in the face of their underrepresentation in technology.
The Cognizant U.S. Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and skills initiatives for U.S. workers and students, today announced it has made a $4.1 million grant to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The grant will fund digital skills education programs and an awareness campaign designed to increase interest among women of all ages in pursuing technology careers.
“As of 2017, women held only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the United States,” said Lucy Sanders, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, NCWIT. “To close this gap and fill an estimated 3.5 million computing-related job openings expected by 2026, we must make computing education accessible to all and attract diverse talent to the discipline. In doing so, a vast population with growing needs for technological products and services will be more equally represented in the innovation process. We are honored to have the Cognizant U.S. Foundation support NCWIT’s mission of increasing the meaningful participation of women in computing. With their award, we are more equipped to extend our reach and create sustained change at the local level.”
Undergraduate departments participating in NCWIT Extension Services (ES) have made inspirational progress in recruiting and retaining women in computing. Among these institutions are exemplars recognized with the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award for producing significant positive outcomes. Learn how NEXT Award recipients are implementing department-wide cultural changes, strategic outreach, and inclusive policies for increasing bachelor’s degrees held by women.
Follow #TransformationTuesday on NCWIT social media (Twitter and Facebook) as their success stories are shared, and read about their specific strategies and approaches in this three-part series, published on EdScoop by NCWIT Editorial Consultant Angela Galik.
NCWIT Tips: 13 Tips for Creating and Sustaining a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus // www.ncwit.org/wicgroup
Women in Computing (WIC) groups on college and university campuses can help reduce feelings of isolation and increase a sense of community and belonging. They can also be places where members can discuss difficulties they encounter and strategies for addressing these challenges in the larger community. But sometimes, women’s groups can also produce unintended consequences (e.g. convey the idea that women are a homogenous group or need “extra help”). Use the following tips to avoid these pitfalls and to ensure the success of your WIC group.
NCWIT AspireIT Infographic // www.ncwit.org/aspireitinfographic
NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. AspireIT participants are ultimately encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations. This attention-getting infographic summarizes who can get involved and the support that they will receive from NCWIT.
Computer Science Professional Development Guide // www.ncwit.org/cspdguide
Three out of five schools in the U.S. do not offer computing courses that include programming or coding, yet we know that computing jobs are the way of the future. This computer science (CS) Guide not only empowers teachers, but also inspires students.
[Updated] Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls’ Interest in Computing // www.ncwit.org/top10families
Technology is a fast-growing, high-paying, creative field. Here are 10 ways that you, as a family member, can encourage the girls in your life to study, and have a career in, computer science and related technology fields.
Do you want to be inspired by educators who encourage the next generation of technologists? NCWIT is looking for volunteer reviewers of the AiC Educator Award this 2018-19 season. Ninety-five percent of AiC application reviewers report that it was a great experience! It doesn’t take much, and volunteer reviewers complete application reviews at their own pace. // www.aspirations.org/VolunteerReviewer