In the News: NCWIT is Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, 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.

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NCWIT in the News


AIT PhotoNCWIT and Infosys Foundation USA to Host Free Webinars on the Importance of Increasing Women’s Participation in Computing Education

Inspired by the critical need to advance innovation by correcting underrepresentation in computing, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) launches a webinar series, with support from the Infosys Foundation USA, to address the absence of women as developers, leaders, and researchers shaping the future.

The monthly, six-part Broadening Participation in Computer Science (CS) Education webinar series will inform K-12 formal and informal educators, and high school and college students about building partnerships with school counselors and librarians, identifying key research findings and recommendations relevant to K-12 educators, getting involved with NCWIT programs, and much more.

Registration is now open to the public for the first episode, “Inspired by Youth: A Discussion with High School and College Students Who Build Local CS Communities,” airing October 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET. 



New NCWIT Resources

  • By the Numbers [2021 Update] // 
    Check out the most compelling statistics on women’s participation in computing on a single page.
  • Powertilt Circle ThumbPowertilt: Examining Power, Influence, and the Myth of Meritocracy Within Technology Teams // 
    This report is stage one in the development of a “powertilt” assessment tool that leaders can use to identify and dismantle “powertilt” phenomena – that is, processes that persistently place power and influence primarily in the hands of majority-group members – and instead create more inclusive forms of influence. Key findings include team members’ perceptions of what characteristics and behaviors make someone more or less influential. We also interpret these findings in light of prior research related to meritocracy, implicit bias, and intersectional social identities. Ultimately, this “powertilt” tool will help organizations and managers identify 1) the primary ways influence operates in a specific team and 2) patterns in who might be favored or disadvantaged by the current culture of influence, particularly in terms of intersectional identities related to gender, race, class, and age.
  • The Color of Our Future: An Online Conversation Series on the Empowerment and Inclusion of Black Women & Girls in Tech // 
    This series explores Black girls in K-12, Black women in postsecondary computing education, and Black women in the tech workforce. Each online discussion features a panel of experts who explore the advancement and inclusion of Black women and girls across the tech ecosystem. Get key highlights from Conversation Five: Keynote by Dwana Franklin-Davis.
  • Top 10 Circle ThumbTop 10 Ways to Engage School Counselors as Allies in the Effort to Increase Student Access to Computer Science Education and Careers // 
    School counselors are eager to direct students to viable education and career opportunities. Consider these key points for collaboration as you plan to meet with counselors to discuss ways their professional responsibilities align with your goals to increase student access to computing.



News on the Radar


Did You Know NCWIT is Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2021?

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans and celebrates cultural heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. NCWIT and its member organizations offer a variety of ways to get involved.

Follow @NCWIT, @TECHNOLOchicas, and #HispanicHeritageMonth on Twitter for updates, highlights, and more.

NCWIT Events

TECHNOLOchicas: Transforming the T in STEM // Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT // Online

Join National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with TECHNOLOchicas. Participants will learn about opportunities and resources to support and enhance STEM education for Hispanic and Latina women and girls.

Journey into Tech: The Latinx Experience with Walmart and TECHNOLOchicas // Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 MT // Online

Join Walmart and TECHNOLOchicas for an interactive panel where you’ll have the opportunity to hear a variety of Latinx voices on what it’s like to journey into tech. Senior Software Engineer Adriana Fuentes, Senior Director of Information Security Fernando Martinez, and TECHNOLOchicas Ambassador and Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) Scholar Bianca Alvarez will share the ups and downs of their journeys as well as advice on how to make the most of your own journey.

Events Hosted by NCWIT Member Organizations

The National Science Foundation’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) September Speaker Series // All Wednesdays in September 2021, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET // Online

Throughout September, the HSI Program, which is co-managed by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education and the Division of Human Resource Development, offered a month-long speaker series highlighting current research from the HSI community. (Stay tuned: replays of all four sessions will be available in October.)

Instagram Takeover

On Friday, October 15, NASA Engineers and TECHNOLOchicas Ambassadors Alma Tapia and Diana Trujillo will take over the official TECHNOLOchicas Instagram account and give viewers a peek into their daily lives as Latinas in the space exploration field. Be sure to follow @TECHNOLOchicas and tune in to that day’s stories! 

Get Involved with TECHNOLOchicas

There are many opportunities to stay involved and support Latinas in technology, all year round. Here are a few ways to connect with TECHNOLOchicas:

  • AiC TeardropFollow TECHNOLOchicas on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for inspiring stories of Latinas in tech, updates about TECHNOLOchicas events, and resources to support your efforts to make the computing field more inclusive for all. 
  • Invite the TECHNOLOchicas to your school! Ambassadors can facilitate workshops, share about their own educational and career journeys, and answer students’ questions about what it’s like to work in the tech field. Use the online contact form to set up an in-person or virtual visit.
  • Does your workplace want to take the next step in its efforts to make the tech industry more inclusive? Your company can help sponsor TECHNOLOchicas. Businesses and organizations can also host the TECHNOLOchicas for outreach events, trainings, keynotes, and more. Use the online contact form to get started.
  • If you’re a Latina who is studying or working in a tech field, and passionate about encouraging younger students to get involved in computing, consider becoming a TECHNOLOchicas Ambassador. Just go here to let us know you’re interested.
  • Encourage Latinas to get involved with the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community. Use this sharing kit to spread the word about opportunities for high school and college students to apply for the #NCWITAiC22 Awards and win recognition and funding. And, watch for opportunities to be a volunteer application reviewer, coming later this fall. 

Follow @NCWIT, @TECHNOLOchicas, and #HispanicHeritageMonth on Twitter for updates, highlights, and more.



NCWIT Opportunity


AiC TeardropSupport NCWIT Aspirations in Computing

Applications are now open for two NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Awards that honor 9th-12th grade and college students' aspirations, abilities, and technical accomplishments. Help NCWIT spread the word to all women, genderqueer, or non-binary students:


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