About Us

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit organization chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of girls and women in computing. Before NCWIT was formed, programs focusing on women and computing (K-12, post secondary, or corporate) existed mostly in isolation, without the benefit of shared best practices, effective resources, communication with others, or national reach. Today, NCWIT employs a three-prong strategy.

1. NCWIT Convenes

NCWIT unites individual efforts by crossing boundaries, bringing together more than 850 prominent corporations, academic institutions, startup companies, and non‑profits. These member organizations are grouped into five Alliances that are comprised of organizational change leader representatives who carry out projects and initiatives in support of NCWIT’s mission:

These change leaders convene annually at the NCWIT Summit, a three-day event where collaborative conversations lead to action and produce positive results for others to follow.

2. NCWIT Equips

With support from the NCWIT Social Science Advisory Board, NCWIT provides free, online research-based resources for reform at every level to help individuals implement change, raise awareness, and reach out to critical populations. These frequently cited resources include data, research reports, practices, curriculum materials, comprehensive toolkits, posters, workbooks, talking points, webinars, and videos.

3. NCWIT Unites

As a grassroots organization, NCWIT provides action platforms that involve NCWIT members in creating national change efficiently and quickly. Such initiatives include NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (a sweeping national talent development initiative for young women in computing, from kindergarten through graduate school) and Sit With Me (a virtual advocacy campaign that provides a gathering place for individuals to acknowledge the valuable contributions of women in computing).