In the News: NCWIT COVID-19 Updates, a New ? NCWIT Podcast, and More


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

NCWIT COVID-19 Updates

Together we are facing a crisis that is affecting all of our families, our communities, our places of work, and our way of life. At NCWIT, the health and well-being of our members and staff is our highest priority while we do all that we can to remain focused on our shared mission.

Read the full community announcement online.


Suggested Approaches for Organizations That Host Interns

NCWIT has recently signed an “Open Letter to the Computing Community,” asking that corporations consider their 2020 summer interns during their COVID-19 planning processes.

We are calling on organizations that host computing interns to make and publicly announce a plan for summer 2020 intern commitments as early as possible, as students are anxiously awaiting news.

View suggested approaches online.


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Selects Recipients of the 2020 NCWIT Collegiate Award

Collegiate LogoNCWIT is pleased to announce winners and honorable mentions of the 2020 NCWIT Collegiate Award, celebrating undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary from academic institutions nationwide. Conferred annually, the NCWIT Collegiate Award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact.

View a complete list of the 2020 recipients online.

The entire NCWIT AiC program platform is supported generously by Apple. AiC also receives support for specific national program elements; the NCWIT Collegiate Award is sponsored by Qualcomm and Amazon with additional support from Palo Alto Networks.



New NCWIT Resources

  • Tech Culture Interrupted //

    Tech Culture Podcast logo“Tech Culture Interrupted” is an engaging and provocative conversation between NCWIT social scientists (Dr. Catherine Ashcraft and Dr. Brad McLain) and a variety of special guests from the tech industry’s top leaders and innovators. The podcast explores ground-breaking research and ground-truth stories about how to build more inclusive and more innovative workplace cultures through new perspectives on leadership, community, and engagement.

    In its inaugural episode, Catherine and Brad sit down with Kim Vorrath, Vice President of OS Programs, Apple. To listen to the podcast, visit Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, or Spotify.

  • By the Numbers [Updated for 2020] //

    Check out the most compelling statistics on women’s participation in computing on a single page.



News on the Radar

Did You Know Season Two of Modern Figures Podcast Continues to Elevate the Voices of Black Women in Computing?

MFP LogoThe Modern Figures Podcast recently launched new episodes that continue to highlight the often neglected stories of Black women in computing. The series, featuring co-hosts Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy Waisome, is sponsored by NCWIT and led by the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computer Science (iAAMCS). iAAMCS is a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty. To date, thirteen new episodes have aired since the beginning of Season Two, featuring a wide variety of guests who share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. 

When asked about what’s new and different in Season Two, Dr. Kyla McMullen noted, “more Black Girl Magic, and then some!” Listeners can expect to hear important stories from black women as they navigate the computing landscape, including topics related to social robotics, survival strategies for black women and girls in tech, and digital finance and security.  

Additionally, this season remains geared towards a diverse array of K-12, postsecondary, and workforce audiences, featuring a broader group of voices and advocates for the advancement of black women in tech, including: 

The newest season of Modern Figures also includes extended “Ask Us” conversations around diversity and inclusion in computing.  

New episodes will debut every Monday through the end of May.  

To listen to the podcast, visit Apple iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, or Stitcher. Subscribe at Additionally, you can follow @modernfigurespodcast on Facebook and Instagram, and @ModFigsPodcast on Twitter.

Have a story idea, or would you like to be featured on the podcast? Contact the co-hosts at


NCWIT Opportunity

Messaging Circle ThumbConversations for Change

Join us for an online experience where a series of events will occur throughout May 4-22, 2020. Get ready for conversations, Q&As, on-demand videos, and more! Fully immerse yourself in research-based recommendations and peer-to-peer discussions to further your efforts in creating inclusive cultures.

Get all of the details at


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