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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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
  • Status
    Completed!
    Lakshmi Iyer

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 6, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 6, 2015
    Goal statement 
    The program specifically aims to equip female students to gain interest in IS through: (1) hands-on projects impacting a social context (2) mentoring and networking with IS/IT professionals and area non-profit organizations, (3) mentoring/socializing with near peers in IS/IT. The specific goals are to: 1. Increase recruitment of female students in IS/IT programs as their major from the pool of undecided majors 2. Increase recruitment and retention of female students (in IS majors and/or those considering it), via empowering them to succeed in IS/IT discipline through programming skills pertaining to application development 3. Increase retention of female students by providing mentoring and networking support, creating near-peer groups, and role models of women leading in IT.

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    Organization
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Department
    Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
    City
    Greensboro
    State
    NC
    Additional Activity Info

    The program had the following elements:
    1. Programming Labs: Students will work in pairs as they will be
    given instructions on programming skills, logic and on the ability to
    synthesize programming skills with creativity and teamwork to a
    project addressing a social challenge.
    2. IT Roundtable: To enhance students’ understanding of various
    professions/jobs/roles in IS/IT professionals from academia and
    industry along with the near peers will be invited to engage with the
    students via presentations and/or informal discussions.
    3. Succeeding in IS: Informal information sessions with
    undergraduate and graduate students in the IS/IT program in sharing
    their roadmap to successfully navigating the IS program as a
    major/minor, career choices, etc. This is designed to create a
    sociable environment to help expand students’ peer IT network.
    4. We also offered a $mart $tart, Salary negotiation program in collaboration with American Association of University Women

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Judy Mullins

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 6, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    August 13, 2016
    Goal statement 
    To introduce girls to Raspberry Pi and programming. And to recruit them for the Aspirations award.

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    Organization
    University of MO - Kansas City
    Additional Activity Info

    Two Raspberry Pi workshops - beginner and intermediate/advanced. Lunch. Speed networking.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoring
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira L. Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 1, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    Increase the retention of female students in our EECS programs, especially in computing

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    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    This activity is led by our local student section of ACM-W. It pairs an upper-class student, preferably a female, with female students enrolled in our lower division computer science courses. The mentor must get in touch with her mentee at least once per semester, and the idea is for the mentor to be available for the students assigned to her (no more than 3) when they need her for advice, sympathy, or just someone to whom to turn. The mentoring program is meant as a way of supporting students who are a minority in our programs and to help them feel more a part of them as well.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingReducing Unconscious BiasMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Leslie Spivey

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    December 2, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 2, 2016
    Goal statement 
    To Introduce more women to the fields associated with STEM. Many of the previous attendees have reported being unaware of all the career and academic possibilities in the STEM fields. This event is designed to raise awareness for females students in our local service area.

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    Organization
    Edison State Community College
    City
    Piqua
    State
    OH
    Additional Activity Info

    This one-day event provides local female students, grades 8-11 with the opportunity to explore many of the academic disciplines which comprise STEM through the use of hands-on workshop sessions. During the day students attend breakout sessions where they use technology to work on real world solutions. Students learn about the application of technology to the world of work through fun and interactive activities. Topics in the breakout sessions include: math, chemistry and physics experiments, robotics, networking, computer hardware, Macintosh software, Alice programming software, web page design and more!

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Mackenzie Ball

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 22, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    August 26, 2016
    Goal statement 
    To Introduce more women to the field of computer science.

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    Organization
    University of Pittsburgh
    Department
    Department of Computer Science
    Additional Activity Info

    WiCStart takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science in a no-pressure environment. They receive a broad overview of various topics in computer science and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. We allow the participants to move into their residence halls early, and provide them with lunch every day.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Teresa Isela VanderSloot

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    March 5, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 28, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Increase participation of girls in programming competitions. Encourage teachers to recruit girls.

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    Organization
    Michigan State University
    Department
    Undergraduate Studies,
    City
    East Lansing
    State
    MI
    Additional Activity Info

    Hosted a co-ed programming competition, a first in the area. Each High School is asked to bring as many girls as possible. Hosted 18 teams from all over Michigan

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Hannah Tuemler

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 24, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 1, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Increase the number of women within the School of Computing and JWIT organization at the University of South Alabama.

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    Organization
    Jaguar Women in Technology
    Department
    School of Computing
    City
    Mobile
    State
    AL
    Additional Activity Info

    Host an annual event for current women in the School of Computing at South Alabama to formulate strategical outreach efforts to inform young ladies and women within the community about Women in Technology and the School of Computing. Possible outreach efforts include bringing in a woman from the local media interested in technology to speak at our annual “Leadership in Computing Day” for high school students in the local area. Other efforts include speaking at local high schools, businesses, and organizations including handing out materials about NCWIT and its efforts to increase women within the field.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Laura Dillon

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 1, 2013
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 24, 2014
    Goal statement 
    Increase persistence, engagement, confidence, community, and skills while also helping students improve grades.

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    Organization
    Michigan State University
    Department
    Computer Science and Engineering
    City
    East Lansing
    State
    MI
    Additional Activity Info

    Develop and deliver a 1-credit hour 'Computational Thinking Lab' (CTL) -- a support class for Introduction to Computer Programming that utilizes NCWIT Best Practices, including Peer-Led Team Learning, positive student-faculty and student-student interaction & meaningful assignments.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    James Geller

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    November 30, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Raise Awareness among HS Teachers of Opportunities in Computing

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    Organization
    NJIT
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Newark
    State
    NJ
    Additional Activity Info

    During dinner several presentations were given on Women in Computing and Cyber Security.

    http://www.njit.edu/features/student/jinisha-patel-op-ed.php

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    James Geller

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 23, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 27, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Train HS teachers who have minimal knowledge and no formal training in Computing in the basics of Computer Science

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    Organization
    NJIT
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Newark
    State
    NJ
    Additional Activity Info

    Six high school teachers are taking CS 100 together with 21 "normal" students during the current summer class session. The high school teachers did not pay tuition, did not pay fees, do not pay for parking. They are taking part in the same way like all other students.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    James Geller

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 23, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Increase awareness and understanding of Computing and of Computing jobs among high school students.

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    Organization
    NJIT
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Newark
    State
    NJ
    Additional Activity Info

    We are trying to educate female students about the many opportunities in Computing and to eliminate misperceptions about work in Computing. Computer professionals are NOT all geeks and nerds who are sitting in window-less offices, doing -- who knows what -- for 12 hours a day.

    We are specifically NOT trying to recruit students to our institution, and we tell them, we are happy if they go anywhere they would like to go.

    For this purpose we are sending female MS students to high schools to give one hour presentations to the students. Dr. Geller also visited and presented at several high schools.

    The student presentations include a practical demonstration explaining how a computer works, by a role play exercise.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Recruiting
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shafagh Jafer

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 22, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 22, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Freshmen Mentorship for Women in CS/CE/SE

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    Organization
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Department
    Electrical Computer Software and Systems Engineering
    City
    Daytona Beach
    State
    FL
    Additional Activity Info

    With 3 students, including 2 new women undergraduates from the Computer Science, Electrical, Software and Systems Engineering Department, the department proposes to extend the work of the Student Ambassadors to mentor new freshmen women throughout their first academic year. The ambassadors will know the freshmen through their work with them during the recruiting cycle the previous year. Through this Freshman Mentoring Program, they will plan activities to continue and further develop their relationships with the freshmen, give them course information and point them in the direction for career advice and opportunities to work with faculty in undergraduate research. Professor Keith Garfield, a member of the ESC-UP project and the instructor for the intro computer science course at ERAU, has agreed to oversee the Freshman Mentoring Program.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Sharon Burlingame

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 22, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 30, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Host a middle school camp at our Strawberry Plains campus to raise awareness of our CS/IT programs, especially in our Cyber Defense concentration which is housed at that campus. Begin to fill the pipeline earlier than high school.

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    Organization
    Pellissippi State Community College
    Department
    Computer and Information Technology
    Additional Activity Info

    1. Work with the Dean of the Strawberry Plains campus to identify a camp format that will be effective.
    2. Apply for the NCWIT Seed Fund to be used to implement the camp (buy-in from our Grants Office is required as well).
    3. WIN the NCWIT Seed Fund award to apply toward the camp.
    4. Select a camp date ( or set of dates).
    5. Publicize the camp.
    6. Recruit Aspirations award winners to serve as mentors and possibly instructors.
    7. Recruit high school teachers/CS faculty to serve as instructors.
    8. Report on the success of the camp(s).

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachAdvising/Counseling
  • Status
    In progress
    Dr. Karen C. Davis

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 22, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    With the guidance and support of Google and the UC Center for Community Engagement (CCE), we were able to develop the Bearcat Coders program. Our chapter’s goal was to ensure that the University of Cincinnati tapped into their longstanding partnership with Hughes High School to bring tutoring and mentoring in Information Technology to the students at Hughes STEM. Many volunteers from the University of Cincinnati tutor and mentor 9th - 11th grade students at Hughes STEM High school during their IT/CS Programming and Web Design classes.

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    Organization
    University of Cincinnati ACM-W student chapter
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems
    City
    Cincinnati
    State
    OH
    Additional Activity Info

    Volunteers from the University of Cincinnati tutor and mentor 9th-11th grade students at Hughes STEM High school during their IT/CS Programming and Web Design classes. This experience has allowed our mentors and mentees to thrive because helping others is the key to self-learning and serving the community in the best possible way. The mentors assist students in developing software and IT projects that are showcased in a celebration and presentation event at the end of the school year.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Karl Schmitt

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    March 16, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 20, 2016
    Goal statement 
    To raise awareness about stereotype threat and provide strategies to reduce or eliminate it in the classrooms, informal mentoring and workplace both on and off Valparaiso University's campus.

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    Organization
    Valparaiso University
    Department
    Computer and Information Sciences
    City
    Valparaiso
    State
    IN
    Additional Activity Info

    We targeted two different audiences: (1) faculty and staff, (2) students and community members. For faculty and staff we sponsored a professional lecture, developmental workshops and follow-up discussions. For students and the general community, which were a secondary audience, we held a general lecture with follow-up discussions.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingOrganizational ChangeReducing Unconscious BiasRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Lisa Sandoval

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 20, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 20, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Increase participation of women in Network Design and Administration program from 13% to 20% over 2 years (+2 women, 6 total), 33 percent by the 3rd year (10 women total)

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    Organization
    Seattle Central College
    Department
    BITCA IT Programs
    City
    Seattle
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    Develop success stories and short commercials, outreach to women veteran's groups, provide tutoring support to the networking students.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetaining
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Peter Drake

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    February 17, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    October 21, 2016
    Goal statement 
    We hope to improve the proportion of female students in our undergraduate CS courses and majors. As a step toward this, we hope to improved the diversity of our CS faculty (currently three white males).

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    Organization
    Lewis & Clark College
    Department
    Mathematical Sciences
    City
    Portland
    State
    OR
    Additional Activity Info

    I inquired on the SIGCSE mailing list about recruiting faculty at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The responses pointed me to the affiliated Richard Tapia Celebration and to the Liberal Arts College Association for Faculty Inclusion (LACAFI). We hope to send some students to both conferences to inspire them and to have faculty attend at least one for recruiting purposes.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOrganizational Change
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Megan Olsen

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    July 11, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 22, 2016
    Goal statement 
    The goal of this activity is to provide an introduction to computing and design to middle school girls in Baltimore, MD, to inspire them to continue learning and being involved in computer science as they get older. We are filling a void in Baltimore of very few tech camps for girls. We also hope to increase the number of Aspirations in Computing applications from Baltimore city students, as we get very few from the city each year.

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    Organization
    Loyola University Maryland
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Baltimore
    State
    MD
    Additional Activity Info

    This camp is a 2 week day camp, Monday - Friday, 10AM-4PM. The camp is held on our campus in the computer science department's introductory lab. The camp materials are based on Mt. Holyoke's iDesign, CS UnPlugged, Hour of Code, and TechGirlz workshops. Participants are 7-8th grade girls in Baltimore. Participants learn to 3D print, work with Arduinos and Squarewear microcontrollers, and design websites. All of these activities except the 3D printing involves coding, although no prior experience is expected. More information is at http://balticode.cs.loyola.edu.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only

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