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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.


In this issue, you will find:

NCWIT in the News

Virtual Meeting PhotoHow Nonprofits Are Transforming Their Remote Programming To Support Girls in Stem

NCWIT CTO and President Terry Hogan and Aspirations in Computing Director Edie Cheng are featured in a VentureBeat article alongside representatives from AnitaB.org and Girls Who Code, discussing approaches for ‘rapidly [adapting] to the pandemic’s changes [to] meet the needs of tens of thousands of girls, especially those who are from underrepresented groups and facing extraordinary pandemic-related challenges.’

“With each event, we keep adding a little bit more interaction or tools for actual genuine community-building and connection because that’s the thing that people feel that they’re missing in this virtual arena,” said Cheng.

Read the full article in VentureBeat: https://ncwit.org/VentureBeat2020.

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New NCWIT Resource

Scorecard Circle thumbNCWIT Scorecard: The Status of Women in Computing [2020 Update] // ncwit.org/scorecard

The NCWIT Scorecard shows trends in girls’ and women’s participation in computing in the U.S. over time, providing a benchmark for measuring progress and identifying areas for improvement.

NCWIT supplies these data and embedded charts for the computing community free of charge. Below, you can download individual Excel workbooks for each sector (K-12, post-secondary, workforce) or the entire .zip file. Feel free to use these data in reports, presentations, proposals, and other research with the appropriate citation.

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News on the Radar

Play Media Circle ThumbDid you know that you can stream powerful content on the NCWIT YouTube channel?

There’s a new way to learn with NCWIT! This winter, cozy up and enjoy hours of free content on our YouTube channel. It’s the perfect opportunity to listen in on conversations with some of the most exciting voices in the field of computing and social justice. Here are just a few of the playlists you can browse:

  • NCWIT Conversations for Change. Immerse yourself in research-based recommendations and peer-to-peer discussions on a wide range of topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the tech world. This online thought leadership series launched in May 2020, and new Conversations are added to the playlist as they take place.
  • The Color of Our Future. This series of discussions explores the experiences of Black women and girls in tech, from K-12 and college through careers in both academia and industry. The most recent installment, held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, features a panel of TECHNOLOchicas ambassadors who all hold positions at NASA.
  • NCWIT 101: Introduction to Diversifying Undergraduate Computing Programs. This self-guided course, made up of five modules, is designed for faculty and administrators who would like to learn promising, data-driven practices for recruiting and retaining diverse students in college computing programs.
  • And more. Looking for a quick hit of inspiration? Explore mini-interviews with NCWIT Summit speakers, insights from NCWIT Counselors for Computing, and inspiring stories shared from the Sit With Me red chair.

Be sure to subscribe, so you can be the first to know when new videos are released.

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