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

Educators and Students to Receive Resources and Recommendations for Making Computing Education More Inclusive for All

Boulder, Colorado | September 21, 2021

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. Tune in as a panel of high school and college women, genderqueer, or non-binary individuals discuss how they build and creatively offer hands-on learning opportunities in computing and career exploration, and how they bring together advocates and allies of various backgrounds through computing-related events and community groups. Interested educators and students can register by first creating an account on the Pathfinders Online Institute – the Infosys Foundation USA’s free digital learning platform. Follow the simple registration steps at https://ncwit.org/BPCSEduWebinars.

“With the generous support of the Infosys Foundation USA, NCWIT is able to reach change leaders through these thought-provoking webinars, providing educators and students alike with practical, research-based tips to foster inclusive cultures where women of all backgrounds can thrive,” says NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Because the idea you don’t have is the voice you haven’t heard.”

“We are thrilled to partner with NCWIT to advance the diverse offerings that promote inclusion on our Pathfinders Online Institute, a K-12 digital learning platform that expands access to computer science and maker education,” says Infosys Foundation USA Executive Director Kate Maloney. “Through this webinar series we hope to build upon the value of NCWIT programs with rich conversation and inspirational exchanges from women who see the tech space as welcoming to their talents.”

The webinar series is being funded by the Infosys Foundation USA and is being offered through its Pathfinders Online Institute, a free digital learning platform that offers high-quality computer science and maker education resources for K-12 educators and students across the United States.

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of nearly 1,500 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women—at the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other historically marginalized identities—in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

About Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA was established in 2015 with the mission of expanding computer science and maker education to K-12 students and teachers across the United States, with a specific focus on increasing access to underrepresented communities. The Foundation achieves impact through delivering professional development programs for teachers, partnering with leading nonprofits, and delivering innovative media campaigns that inspire everyone to be creators, not just consumers, of technology. For more information, visit infosys.org/USA.

About the Pathfinders Online Institute

The Pathfinders Online Institute is the Infosys Foundation USA’s free online learning platform. It provides computer science and maker education content to K-12 teachers, students and families. Users can access professional development content, enrichment resources, live webinars, mini-lessons, and other instructional tools to improve their fluency and confidence with these subjects and develop key 21st century skills. To create a free account, visit infosys.org/pathfindersonline

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