Creating and Supporting Student Organizations that Promote Women in Computing (CSSO) Project Team

Student women-in-computing (WIC) organizations reduce feelings of isolation among women students and increase their confidence and enjoyment in their studies.  But establishing and sustaining a WIC student group can be challenging. The Creating and Supporting Student Organization Project Team's mission is to provide guidance to organizers of WIC student groups and help institutions assist their students to form student organizations in computing that create more supportive environments for women students in computing fields. Last fall the team conducted a survey to gather information from existing WIC groups. Responding to feedback from this survey and breakout sessions at the 2012 NCWIT Summit, the CSSO team is working with NCWIT to create two resources.

Creating and Supporting Student Organizations that Promote Women in Computing (CSSO) Project Team Goals:

  • Produce a survey document to be filled by members of WIC Student Groups and their advisors
  • Produce steps for CSSO that promote women in computing resource
  • Create with ACM-W a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Website

Creating and Supporting Student Organizations that Promote Women in Computing (CSSO) Project Team Activities:

The CSSO Project Team created a survey to gather information from existing WIC student groups regarding their successful practices. The questions solicited information and advice from existing WIC student groups. Participation was voluntary and took about 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much was written in the open ended questions. The survey was closed on Friday, November 30th, 2012.

Responding to feedback from breakout sessions at the 2012 NCWIT Summit, the CSSO Project Team is working with NCWIT to create two resources:

·         How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus: A one-page document outlining key steps for creating a vibrant WIC student group and keeping it going. This resource was created and can be found here.

·         Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Website created with ACM-W: A website with concrete details and sample materials for implementing each step. We intend leaders of WIC campus groups to also post ideas and questions of their own on the website.

If you would like to contact the CSSO Project Team for more information about their goals, activities, and resources, or if you are interested in joining the CSSO Project Team, please send an e-mail to ncwit-csso@googlegroups.com.

People Involved: 

Margaret Burnett

Co-chair Liaison

Laura Dillon

Project Team Co-leader

Martha Kosa

Project Team Co-leader

Yolanda Anderson

Project Team Member

Bettina Bair

Project Team Member

Lynda Louis

Project Team Member

Kathryn Moland

Project Team Member