In the News: NCWIT AiC Interview Featured on Denver News, Four Hundred U.S. High School Women Recognized for Technological Achievements, and More
January 31, 2020
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On January 12, 2020, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Senior Regional Affiliate Manager John Kelly and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community Member and AspireIT Program Leader Maya Hunter were featured on the FOX31 Denver morning news. They spoke about Maya’s coding bootcamp, Huskie Technopreneurs, and why it’s important to address issues of underrepresentation in computing.
NCWIT proudly announced the 2020 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) national recipients, honoring four hundred high school women from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.
Each year, U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary are eligible to receive recognition for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 4,700 amazing, talented young women.
What should you tell a young person about IT careers? How can they prepare now for a career in IT? Created for school counselors by Counselors for Computing (C4C), a project of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance made possible by the Merck Company Foundation, Google, Palo Alto Networks, and Apple, this card gives adults talking points and additional resources for conversations with students, children, and/or other young people. The main message is that IT offers meaningful work, job security and high salaries with a bachelor’s degree, and flexibility due to the variety of roles available.
The Color of Our Future Conversation Celebrates Black Women and Girls in Tech
The NCWIT mission is to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. It is important for NCWIT to take an intersectional approach to broadening participation in tech. Intersectionality is a way of thinking that takes into consideration the perspectives and experiences of individuals from underrepresented groups and marginalized populations. Such an approach also includes an increased awareness of diversity and women’s contributions.
In honor of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), NCWIT will celebrate the contributions of black women and girls in computing by hosting a three-part virtual chat: “The Color of Our Future: An Online Conversation Series on the Empowerment and Inclusion of Black Women & Girls in Tech.” This chat will feature a panel of experts who will discuss the advancement and inclusion of black women and girls across the tech ecosystem.
Register, and save the dates for each conversation, using the links below:
This online conversation series is part of the broader NCWIT effort, The Color of Our Future, a thematic strategy that anchors NCWIT programs, initiatives, and research-based resources focused on broadening the meaningful participation of underrepresented women and girls of color (black, Latinx, and Native American) to positively impact the future of computing.
Consider intersectionality in all that you do by learning more about the following NCWIT programs and resources: