We know. Being a change leader focused on increasing the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing is hard work. NCWIT strives to make your to-do list a little less daunting by equipping you with resources to help you implement systemic change, raise awareness, and reach out to critical populations.
Don’t reinvent the wheel, recycle practices that do not work or that exacerbate problems, or move forward based on faulty assumptions! Let more than 160 research-based resources, available for FREE at www.ncwit.org/resources, guide you towards setting and achieving your goals.
There’s an NCWIT Resource for That
NCWIT resources are not only free, but they are also adaptable to your goals and audience.
Show students the possibilities. Help students envision how they can use computing skills to make a difference in the world with three Counselors for Computing (C4C) posters, developed in collaboration with CareerswithCode.com and produced by Refraction Media: ncwit.org/CwCposters.
Create inclusive websites. Welcome a wide range of people, effectively promote the significant role of your computing team, and affirm your organization’s commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse talent.
Corporations can use nine tips [ncwit.org/corporatewebsites], like choosing authentic images that show a broad range of people employed in a variety of occupations and engaged in meaningful work, and more.
Academic institutions can use eleven tips [ncwit.org/academicwebsites], like using case studies and testimonials from various students, alumni, and faculty to help prospective students see themselves in your department, and more.
Make technical conferences a more inclusive experience for all attendees. For example, what kind of swag are you handing out? Have you established a code of conduct? Do you conduct blind reviews of proposed breakout sessions and presentations? Consider these three tips and 10 more, available online [ncwit.org/inclusiveconferences].
Involve men as advocates and allies. Why? For one, increasing diverse participation is not a women’s issue or an issue that is only relevant to women and other underrepresented groups. Diversity and inclusivity are business issues, and they are human issues. People of all genders are held to restrictive standards around gender, racial, and other identities that limit their potential and the kinds of things they are able to do. Use the “Male Allies and Advocates Toolkit” to support workplace efforts to engage male allies and advocates in diversity and inclusion initiatives [ncwit.org/ma-toolkit].
These resources are only a small sampling of free tips and tools available from NCWIT. Filter for your needs, and find hundreds more at www.ncwit.org/resources.
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