NCWIT's Member Activity and Change Tracker (ACT)

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  • Status
    Not yet started
    Shira Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2018
    Goal statement 
    To enable the public higher education system in the State of Washington maximize the number of IT personnel to meet its needs. This will be accomplished via a web page that explains different degrees and institutions and a mobile app that allows students to navigate a flowchart.

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State Institutions
    Additional Activity Info

    We will contact the WTIA to establish connections with industry with the intention of requesting financial support from industry to implement our goals. We will contact all public institutions in the state to collect all the information we need.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Debra Richardson and Sharnnia Artis

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 30, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Retain underrepresented students by connecting them with industry mentors along with related opportunities.

    Meta

    Organization
    Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
    City
    Irvine
    State
    CA
    Additional Activity Info

    Connect underrepresented students with industry mentors along with job shadowing, internship opportunities and career development workshops.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Andrew Scholer

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 30, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Double the percentage of female students in our CS1 course.

    Meta

    Organization
    Chemeketa Community College
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Salem
    State
    OR
    Additional Activity Info

    Engage in recruitment activities for our CS0 course. Modify curriculum and pedagogy based on best practices learned in the EngageIT program to increase retention from CS0 to CS1. Female enrollment in CS1 currently averages ~10%.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetaining
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Raven Avery Alexander

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 21, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    August 22, 2017
    Goal statement 
    As part of our pre-autumn programming for incoming UW CSE freshmen (our most diverse admissions pathway), we will offer a parent/family orientation. The goals of this orientation is to provide all family members with helpful information, resources, and strategies for supporting their students' specific CS academic goals.

    Meta

    Organization
    University of Washington Seattle
    Department
    Computer Science & Engineering
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    A one-day program will present information on CS coursework, industry opportunities, and on-campus support resources. Information will be presented in a way that is accessible for family members with a range of educational and technical backgrounds, expecting no prior CS exposure.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingAdvising/CounselingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Sharon Burlingame

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    March 1, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    March 30, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Recruit & inspire new freshmen women to attend the KY WIC to encourage their retention in the major.

    Meta

    Organization
    Pellissippi State Community College
    Department
    Business & Computer Technology
    State
    UT
    Additional Activity Info

    Advertise the opportunity to faculty and students. Recruit students and notify of the low registration fee. Reserve college van. Attend.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingAdvising/Counseling
  • Status
    In progress
    Debra Richardson and Sharnnia Artis

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 1, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 30, 2018
    Goal statement 
    To increase faculty and student awareness of diversity and inclusion as well as an understanding of strategies to promote an inclusive environment.

    Meta

    Organization
    Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
    City
    Irvine
    State
    CA
    Additional Activity Info

    Offer a quarterly lecture (with potential follow-up workshop) on diversity and inclusion topics - such as bias busting and stereotype threat, male advocacy, effectiveness of diverse teams, cultivating an inclusive classroom - for students and faculty.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingOrganizational ChangeReducing Unconscious BiasRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Yolanda Anderson

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    October 25, 2017
    Goal statement 
    To increase the number of Aspirations applications statewide in Michigan, especially from rural communities and underserved students.

    Meta

    Additional Activity Info

    See goal statement.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
  • Status
    In progress
    Faith Satterthwaite

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Restructure our Intro to CS class to be more hands-on, engaging and allow students to decide where they fit in Weber State's CS program.

    Meta

    Organization
    Weber State University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Ogden
    State
    UT
    Additional Activity Info

    The class will allow students to build web pages, with with databases, and build/program a small computer using Python. The interaction of the class will also work as a recruitment and retention tool.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Tina Ostrander

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    July 1, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 1, 2017
    Goal statement 
    I propose to give computing students the opportunity to apply their technical skills toward building software for a non-profit organization, in order to increase the relevance of the material and therefore their commitment to the discipline, as well as provide an opportunity for collaboration and communication.

    Meta

    Organization
    Green River College
    Department
    IT - Software Development
    City
    Auburn
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    We propose to partner with a local non-profit organization in an introductory Web programming course, IT 305 -- Web Development Frameworks. The course is offered at the beginning of the students' Bachelor's Degree program, in the first quarter of their third year. In the course, students will design and build data-driven websites for an organization that makes a difference in the community. The customer will visit the class so that students will have an opportunity to learn about the organization, ask questions, and receive feedback on their work. Students will apply their theoretical learning to a real project with a socially relevant focus.

    Not only will this project provide students with the opportunity to engage in relevant and meaningful work, and see firsthand how technology can be used to solve real world problems and have an impact, but it will also provide students with an opportunity to collaborate extensively with their peers, the non-profit client, and the course instructor.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Charlie McDowell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2018
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Find the money and volunteers to mount a 2nd end of year celebration for women in CS&E.

    Meta

    Organization
    UC Santa Cruz
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Santa Cruz
    State
    CA
    Additional Activity Info

    An end of year gathering of women in CS&E at UCSC with a focus on graduating women but open to all women students to the extent permissible by law.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Cecily Heiner

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Train at least 5 trainers(teachers/university students/K12 students to do outreach activities.

    Meta

    Organization
    Southern Utah University
    Department
    Computer Science Information Systems
    City
    Cedar City
    State
    UT
    Additional Activity Info

    Train 5 individuals to run outreach activities.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreach
  • Status
    In progress
    Debra Richardson and Sharnnia Artis

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 1, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 30, 2018
    Goal statement 
    To educate students on the importance of diversity and inclusion in computer science - both their future workplace as well as in the university - and to equip them with strategies to advocate for an inclusive community.

    Meta

    Organization
    Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
    City
    Irvine
    State
    CA
    Additional Activity Info

    Provide Diversity and Inclusion Badges to students who participate in at least three activities (workshop, lecture, outreach, mentoring) related to creating an inclusive environment.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachReducing Unconscious BiasMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Maureen Doyle

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 1, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    February 1, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Add a track on Information Systems to TRiWiC for 2018

    Meta

    Organization
    ACM TRIWIC Organization
    Department
    Doyle @ Northern Kentucky University
    Additional Activity Info

    We will add a new track for TRiWiC 2018!

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Theresa A Steinbach

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    July 1, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 30, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Build community in technology majors at the undergraduate level through a regional conference.

    Meta

    Organization
    DePaul University
    Department
    College of Computing & Digital Media
    City
    Chicago
    State
    IL
    Additional Activity Info

    Plan a regional conference using Regional Conference-in-a-Box.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Raising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Scott T Leutenegger

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    November 17, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Host the 2018 Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing (RMCWiC) at the University of Denver in Fall 2018

    Meta

    Organization
    University of Denver
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Denver
    State
    CO
    Additional Activity Info

    Host the 2018 Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing (RMCWiC) at the University of Denver in Fall 2018

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Lisa sandoval

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Increase diversity of faculty by outreach to university master students for teaching

    Meta

    Organization
    Seattle colleges
    Department
    Stem
    Additional Activity Info

    Reach out to master programs to recruit studenta into faculty positions

    Goal tag(s): 
    Recruiting
  • Status
    In progress
    Audrey Rorrer

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    February 16, 2018
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Goal statement 
    The NC Academic Alliance will organize and host the Carolinas Women in Computing conference, bringing high school students, community college students, college and university students, faculty and industry partners together for collaboration.

    Meta

    Organization
    UNC Charlotte
    Department
    College of Computing and Informatics
    City
    Charlotte
    State
    NC
    Additional Activity Info

    The Carolinas Women in Computing Conference will be a regional expo for high school, community college, college and university students, faculty and area industry partners to collaborate. Events will include panels, key notes, student poster session, and booths for education and career pathways into computing.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Tracy Camp

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 20, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Colorado Department of Education requires that all high schools in Colorado offer at least one computer science class. Colorado Department of Education creates a primary endorsement in computer science.

    Meta

    Organization
    Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver, CU Boulder, Colorado College, Aurora CC
    Department
    Computer Science
    Additional Activity Info

    As a regional advocacy group, work together with Colorado Department of Education to advocate that CDE create an endorsement in computer science and the requirement that every high school must offer at least one computer science course.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Organizational Change
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Gloria Townsend

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    November 3, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2018
    Goal statement 
    In 2006, DePauw became the first small liberal arts school to join the Academic Alliance. Ten short years later, we have netted new female computer science majors, using a large array of promising practices – many inspired by NCWIT's research publications. One DePauw example is our Content Preview through which we invite every first-year women to an event where female computer science majors work one-on-one with attendees (who have no programming experience) to lead the younger students to complete the first laboratory in Computer Science I. A second example concerns our extremely active ACM-W Chapter, where women recently gave poster and lightning talk presentations at the Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing. In 2006, we awarded 15% of our (BA) computer science degrees to female seniors. In 2017, we will graduate 47% (or 30) women. Our goal is to retain at least a 40% graduation rate for women in computing.

    Meta

    Organization
    DePauw University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Spencer
    State
    IN
    Additional Activity Info

    The goals pitch above lists two activities: The Content Preview and attending ACM Celebrations. A third activity is "CS1 Half-Time Entertainment". We know that CS1 can often fail to show students their futures in computing. To combat this problem, we invite older students (majority is female) to give a 2-3 minute talk (during CS1 classes) about research, internships, Senior Projects, job interviewing, and additional topics. The students serve as role models and agents who can provide accurate information about student futures.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingMentoringAdvising/CounselingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Robert Beck

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 28, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 5, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Attract those who are curious about coding and computing in general to learn enough about programming to want to learn more.

    Meta

    Organization
    Villanova University
    Department
    Computing Sciences
    City
    Villanova
    State
    PA
    Additional Activity Info

    A two-hour tutorial in the Idea Accelerator (a space for innovation and creativity) on a particular programming language. We're starting with Python and will teach about R in the spring. We'll use pair programming as a pedagogical tactic. The cookies and cupcakes are the incentive to come to learn one more thing.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees

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