Reverse Mentoring: What is it, and How Might it Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Your Organization?
Rosie Cofre, Randall Lane, Tina Wing, and Angela Archon discuss two companies’ experiences with "reverse mentoring," an innovative mentoring approach where junior employees or employees from underrepresented groups mentor senior employees or employees from majority groups. Panelists will discuss their experiences with the program, challenges, and how they have benefited from it. This will be an informal session, encouraging interactive dialogue with the audience.
"How Job Ads Can Reinforce or Undermine the Status Quo" by Dr. Aaron Kay
People are powerfully, and usually unconsciously, motivated to view the status quo as the way things should be. Recognizing this fact can help us avoid recreating the gender imbalance in computing. One example of a process that very likely contributes to gender imbalance comes from research on want ads. In this workshop, you will learn about how the wording of these ads subtly communicates the assumption that men are appropriate candidates.
"A High School Teacher's Perspective on Computer Science Recruitment and Retention"
Seth Reichelson discusses how active recruiting, retention, and word of mouth have been wildly successful at Lake Brantley High, a non-magnet school in Florida where enrollment for AP Computer Science in 2011-2012 was 65 girls and 79 boys (*45% female*.) This recruiting success is amplified with both mastery teaching and projects that engage diverse students, practices that can be widely adopted for bringing more and diverse students into computing.
The awareness of stereotypes about your group can suppress your intelligence, your motivation, your curiosity, and your ultimate achievement. In this workshop, Joshua Aronson will explain stereotype threat, the science behind it, and what you can do to combat it in yourself, your students, and your employees.
Learn more about collective intelligence and groundbreaking findings from two recent studies on collective intelligence. These studies found that while collective intelligence was not associated with individual intelligence of group members, it was associated with three other factors: 1) the proportion of women in the group; 2) the distribution of turn-taking; and 3) the average social sensitivity of group members. We’ll discuss these findings and what they mean for your organization.
This talk features one of the pre-eminent experts on stereotype threat, Joshua Aronson, talking about how stereotype threat affects underrepresented groups in particular environments and what we can do to alleviate the phenomenon. Following the talk, a panel of Alliance representatives will help summarize the takeaways for each group.
Are you new to NCWIT? Do you want to know why we exist, what's our mission, and what we actually do? Members new and old as well as guests and visitors are invited to attend this orientation session. Get the basics at our Fact Sheet.