We’ll see you at Tapia, Grace Hopper, and AISES. #NCWITOntheRoad


Educators, researchers, professionals, and students will gather this Fall in Orlando, Oklahoma City, and Houston; and NCWIT will be among them to share opportunities and strategies for creating systemic change for increasing the meaningful participation of all women in computing. Follow NCWIT on social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) for live updates and recommended resources.

(Note: All times and locations are subject to change. Please verify logistics at the conference website prior to attendance.)

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2018 Tapia Conference // September 19-22, 2018

The annual Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing (aka the Tapia Conference), sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, is known as the premier venue to acknowledge, promote, and celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate the diversity that exists in computing; connect with others to create communities of shared interest or identity that extend beyond the conference; obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry; and be inspired by great presentations and conversations.

Where can you find NCWIT at Tapia?

  • Increasing Diversity in Computing: Sharing of Good Practices // Thursday, September 20, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. // Location: Orlando N

    This panel will provide an opportunity for representatives from the NSF-funded Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances and other organizations to share their good practices around increasing diversity in computing. The NSF BPC Alliances were established between 2006 and 2009 to increase the number and diversity of college graduates in the computing and computationally-intensive disciplines. The Alliances are national and regional collaborations of academic institutions, educators, professional societies, community organizations, and industry partners. The panelists will share information about their organization and how their programs have broadened participation in computing via a world cafe setting.

    NCWIT will be represented at this session by TECHNOLOchicas Program Manager Jannie Fernandez and Academic Alliance Program Manager Kim Kalahar.

  • What Would You Say if… Responding to Microaggressions, Bias, and Other Nonsense // Thursday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. // Location: Orlando M

    CriticalListeningThe workshop seeks to help attendees create a more inclusive environment by building their capacity to address and respond to bias in their environments. In this interactive session, attendees will learn strategies for responding to bias in their settings and advocate for diversity initiatives. Attendees will then practice those strategies in small groups. This will be facilitated by playing two rounds of a research-based game learning approach developed by the NSF project CSTeachingTips.org (#1339404), which has been tested in group of 200 teaching assistants and at the Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). This is the sixth iteration of the game-learning approach and all attendees will receive a printed copy of the game and a link to download and print more copies.

    presented by NCWIT Academic Alliance Member Representatives Colleen Lewis and Kyla McMullen with NCWIT Director of Research Catherine Ashcraft

  • NCWIT Booth #2019

    Stop by our booth to meet our team, learn more about NCWIT programs, and pick up the latest resources to support your change-leading efforts!


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2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) // September 26-28, 2018

The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is co-presented by AnitaB.org with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Every year, women technologists and the best minds in computing convene to highlight the contributions of women to computing. The celebration results in collaborative proposals, networking, and mentoring for our attendees. GHC presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. The celebration also offers professional development through a variety of activities. Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the Grace Hopper Celebration brings the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

Where can you find NCWIT at GHC?

  • CR101: Avoid Common Pitfalls and Make Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Count! // Wednesday, September 26, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. // Location: MMQ Texan Ballroom G

    Come learn essential tips on ensuring your organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts are most effective. NCWIT Co-Founder and CEO Lucy Sanders, NCWIT Director of Research Catherine Ashcraft, and representatives from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) and the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) will offer proven, practical programs and resources that align with these tips. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences, successes, and challenges, as well as meet others in their regional area to brainstorm collaboration ideas for larger impact.

  • NCWIT Booth #8204

    Stop by our booth to meet our team, learn more about NCWIT’s current programs and initiatives, and pick up the latest resources to support your change-leading efforts!


2018 AISES National Conference // October 4-6, 2018

The Annual American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional, and workforce development! Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies. The AISES National Conference has become the premier event for American Indian Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students and professionals attracting more than 2,000 attendees from across the country. Highlights include great keynote speakers, the largest American Indian Career & Education Expo, student research competitions, interactive tours, STEM Activity Day, awards luncheon, and a Closing Gala.

Where can you find NCWIT at AISES?

  • Experience E-Textiles – A Hands-On Way to Teach Computer Science // Friday, October 5, 2018, 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. // Location: Room 17

    EtextilesAre you looking to bring new STEM experiences to students, and interested in trying something new? Come learn how to make wearable, programmable electronics, also known as e-textiles, and receive lessons and materials to bring the projects back to your community. This will be a hands-on workshop where you will learn to make a light-up name card and get the lesson plans and materials to take with you so you can share this project with your own students. You will also receive resources from the National Center for Women & Information Technology about how to recruit and engage underrepresented students into STEM and computing classes.

    presented by NCWIT Strategic Director for K-12 Initiatives Leslie Aaronson

  • Why Teach Computer Science and Engagement Practices to Make it Stick // Friday, October 5, 2018, 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. // Location: Room 18

    Do you want to encourage more Native American students to participate in your computing classes and programs and learn new practices to engage ALL of your students? In this session, participants will explore “Why Computer Science” and learn how to create an engaging and student-centered classroom with the NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Framework. The Framework consists of three Engagement Principles: Make It Matter, Create Inclusive Community, and Build Student Confidence in Computing. They are premised on research that suggests that students are more motivated, perform better, and are more likely to persist when they can see how a lesson connects to their life, interests, goals, and values, and when they have a community related to their academic pursuits. Participants will come away with actionable strategies and resources to engage and retain students as well as programs to assist students on their CS journey.

    presented by NCWIT Strategic Director for K-12 Initiatives Leslie Aaronson



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