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NCWIT is always on the road and we want you to know where to find us. This newsletter includes just a few of the places where NCWIT will be in the beginning of 2015. Come join us!

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Where Can You Find NCWIT?

Strata + Hadoop World Conference — February 17-20

For those of you in sunny Northern California, NCWIT Affinity Group Alliance Manager and Workforce Alliance Stewardship Coordinator Dori Farah will give a lightning talk at the Women’s Community Meetup of the Strata + Hadoop World Conference. Taking place in San Jose, CA, from 6-8:30 p.m. PST, the lightning talk will be one of a series of one- to two-minute talks about organizations that support women in tech. This event is open the the public, so you can join us even if you’re not a conference attendee.

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ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing (TAPIA) — February 18-21

A couple days and a few thousand miles later, we will brave the harsh Boston winter where NCWIT Director of Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs Beth Quinn will attend the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing (TAPIA). She will participate on a panel entitled, “Increasing Diversity in the K-20 Computing Pipeline: Sharing Strategies & Good Practices,” on Friday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST. As described in the TAPIA program, “This panel will discuss some of the current strategies and good practices being implemented to broaden the participation of underrepresented communities in computing.”

We also look forward to seeing some of you at the Tech Industry Summit on Saturday, February 21, which NCWIT is co-organizing.

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Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWiC) — February 20-21

Graduates Hot on the heels of TAPIA, NCWIT will make a stop in the Midwest for the Ohio Celebration of Women In Computing (OCWiC). NCWIT Research Scientist Gretchen Achenbach will present “Strategically Recruiting Women into Undergraduate Computer Science Programs” on Saturday, February 21 at 10:45 a.m. CST. Gretchen also co-authored one of NCWIT’s newest resources: “Computing: Get The Most Out Of Your College Degree.”

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Pearson STEM Ed Series: Closing the Gender Gap — February 19-21

If you’re planning to attend the Pearson STEM Ed Series: Closing the Gender Gap at the Fairmont San Jose & Google Campus in Silicon Valley, California, you’ll be pleased to know that NCWIT will be there as well. On Saturday, February 21 at 11:30 a.m. PST, NCWIT Affinity Group Alliance Manager and Workforce Alliance Stewardship Coordinator Dori Farah will be moderating a panel entitled, “Success Stories of Increasing Women’s Participation in Undergraduate CS.” ​With panelists from NCWIT Academic Alliance institutions UC Santa Cruz and Michigan State University, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

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Lesbians Who Tech Summit — February 27-March 2

Rounding out a busy February, NCWIT Senior Research Scientist Catherine Ashcraft and NCWIT Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Ruthe Farmer will both attend the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco, California. Details about the dates and times of their presentations are still forthcoming, so stay tuned to the Lesbians Who Tech website for more information.

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Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) — March 4-7

College basketball madness isn’t the only reason to be excited about March, as NCWIT will be hard to miss at SIGCSE 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • You’ll find us in the exhibit hall as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing booth where we invite you to learn about all NCWIT programs including EngageCSEdu, a web-based collection of materials for introductory undergraduate computer science courses from faculty across the nation. All materials are peer-reviewed for quality and their potential to engage and retain diverse student populations.
  • The NCWIT Academic Alliance will host a reception sponsored by Microsoft Research on Friday, March 6 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. CST in Marriott’s C/C1 section of the Basie Ballroom. NCWIT invites faculty members of higher education to attend. Both current members and those interested in becoming members are welcome.
  • Alvaro Monge of California State University Long Beach, Beth Quinn of NCWIT, and Cameron L. Fadjo of Google will demo EngageCSEdu on Friday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. CST in the exhibit hall. While you’re there, check out two NCWIT-affiliated posters: (1) Senior Research Scientist Catherine Ashcraft will present “Culturally Responsive Computing: An In-depth Examination of Outcomes in COMPUGIRLS,” and (2) Sarah Hug of the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado and Jane Krauss of NCWIT will present “Creating Counselor Champions for Change in K-12 Computing Education.”
  • On Thursday, March 5 at 10:45 a.m. CST, NCWIT Senior Research Scientist Lecia Barker will participate on a panel entitled “Booming Enrollments – Good Times?” that will cover the “enrollment boom, as well as potential effective practice strategies to respond to the increasing demand for computing education.”
  • On Friday, March 6 at 1:45 p.m. CST, Lecia will be part of a special session called, “Towards Grand Challenges in Computing Education Across Disciplines.”
  • On Saturday, March 7, Lecia will deliver a paper entitled, “What Influences CS Faculty to Adopt Teaching Practices?” at 10:45 a.m. CST.

For more details, check out the full SIGCSE program.

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Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference — April 23-25

Male Advocacy As we head into spring, there will be no signs of slowing down. NCWIT Senior Research Scientist and Director of Evaluation Wendy DuBow will be in San Jose, California for the Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference. She will moderate a Male Advocacy Panel alongside four NCWIT member representatives on Friday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. PST. The panelists will speak to their own experiences of male advocacy with the goal of digging deeper into some of the research themes and hearing about the panelists’ related “real life experiences.” If you’re unable to attend, but want to learn more about Male Allies and Advocates, you can start with this report.

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