NCWIT's Member Activity and Change Tracker (ACT)

NCWIT members are in action! See some of the work they are doing below. To help them, NCWIT provides hundreds of free resources for increasing and benefiting from gender diversity.

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  • Status
    Not yet started
    Juan Cui

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    August 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Attract girls and keep them in our CS program.

    Meta

    Organization
    University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    Goal tag(s): 
    Mentoring
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Trevor Schmitt

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 26, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 29, 2015
    Goal statement 
    (Aspire IT) Sub-regional code camps for women (w/ InTech) in South Carolina (for low-income, rural regions). - TFA = Program Partner

    Meta

    Organization
    Teach for America
    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachAdvising/CounselingRaising Awareness
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Kerry Bellefontaine

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Bring NCWIT resources back to my company- primarily male advocacy and improving job descriptions.

    Meta

    Organization
    EMC
    Goal tag(s): 
    Raising Awareness
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Mary Lou Maher, Celin Latulipe

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 20, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Prepare girls and boys in tech for responding to sexism.

    Meta

    Organization
    UNC Charlotte
    Goal tag(s): 
    Raising Awareness
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Lissi Clayborn

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Wendy/Ruthe I think this is a resource the community can develop based on current resources.

    Meta

    Organization
    NCWIT K-12 Alliance
    Goal tag(s): 
    Reducing Unconscious BiasRaising AwarenessTeaching
  • Status
    In progress
    Kate Pickle

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    July 14, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 14, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Provide young MS and HS girls with an opportunity to see the Big Dream documentary and engage with female CS/IT professionals at Microsoft.

    Meta

    Organization
    Science Club for Girls
    City
    Cambridge
    State
    MA
    Additional Activity Info

    Partnering with Microsoft NERD Center to present. Inviting girl serving organizations from around the area to attend with their participants, along with local AiC awardees and runners up. Girls will have opportunity to engage with female professionals, and NCWIT information will be shared on CS careers.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    K-12 Serving Organization
  • Status
    Completed!
    Colleen Lewis

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Spread the word about CSTeachingTips.org - a website providing curated tips for teaching computer science. These tips can help instructors better serve their students and thereby make the field more accessible.

    Meta

    Organization
    Harvey Mudd College
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Claremont
    State
    CA
    Additional Activity Info

    Please visit CSTeachingTips.org to get tips for teaching CS!

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Completed!
    Rachelle Kristof Hippler

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 15, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 15, 2014
    Goal statement 
    Students in our pilot CS Principles course prepared and presented PSA posters during CS Education Week. Topics ranged from net neutrality to RFID tagging to steganography. Non-CS majors found something that was important enough to them to share with the campus community.

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    Organization
    Bowling Green State University Firelands
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Huron
    State
    OH
    Goal tag(s): 
    Teaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Gloria Childress Townsend

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 1, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 28, 2015
    Goal statement 
     Our NNW goal is to increase graduating females by 10% to 33%, because our average over 25 years is 23% graduating seniors.  Before joining Pacesetters, our three-year average slipped to 18%, with an actual headcount average of 5 women per class.  After using our NNW strategy (and supporting strategies) our 2017 percent is 42%, and our headcount is 23. DePauw's student body size is approximately 2300, so 1% of student body will graduate with a degree in pure computer science in 2017!

    Meta

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

    The "content preview", is a strategy in which we send an invitation to all first-year women (immediately preceding registration) and offer to teach the concepts necessary to complete the first CSI laboratory. We work through the laboratory, using female role-models (who are upper-class student majors) as individual instructors for each small group of first-year women.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Recruiting
  • Status
    In progress
    Ed Lazowska

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Would it be worthwhile creating an "Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program in a Box" under the NCWIT banner that would describe procedures, best practices, and pitfalls related to establishing a program in which undergraduates serve as TAs? Many universities do this, but many others are wondering whether and how to establish such a program. (A key advantage is that the one thing that scales with burgeoning enrollment is the pool of potential undergraduate TAs!)

    Meta

    Organization
    University of Washington
    Department
    Computer Science & Engineering
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Eni Mustafaraj

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015

    Meta

    Organization
    Wellesley College
    Department
    Computer Science
    Goal tag(s): 
    Teaching
  • Status
    In progress
    Tracey Lanham

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    AspireIT Camps are affordable to host and a great opportunity to build relationships with local middle and high schools! Experience growth from year to year from easy advertising techniques. One classroom for a couple of hours on a weekend can provide young girls a wealth of opportunity.

    Meta

    Organization
    Hodges University
    Department
    Fisher School of Technology
    City
    Fort Myers
    State
    FL
    Additional Activity Info

    Un-Poster Session for the NCWIT Summit

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Byong Lee

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 11, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 19, 2016
    Goal statement 
    To double the number of majors by the end of AY 2015-2016 and to increase the graduation rate.

    Meta

    Organization
    Bennett College
    Department
    Mathematics and Computer Science
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingAdvising/CounselingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Other
  • Status
    In progress
    Giuseppe Sena (Tony)

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    We will present our experiences doing undergraduate research in the area of parallel computing and distributed systems on a multidisciplinary environment with STEM students. We show that community college students can also do basic research that can be published at well-known computer science and engineering conferences. We are currently doing research in the areas of networking, computer security, bioinformatics, DNA analysis, computational biology, digital image processing, computational science, etc.

    Meta

    Organization
    Massachusetts Bay Community College
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Wellesley Hills
    State
    MA
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoringTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Jim Caristi

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 9, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 13, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Describe an outreach activity that works well with girls in grades 3-8.

    Meta

    Organization
    Valparaiso University
    Department
    Computing and Information Sciences
    City
    Valparaiso
    Additional Activity Info

    We held this Scratch Day a week ago. Competition with the robot groups kept numbers low in our group. But it was very successful with the people who came.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Pamela J. Silvers

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 16, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 16, 2015
    Goal statement 
    In identified STEM programs the number of female students at A-B Tech increased from 12% to 19%. This "unposter" shares strategies A-B Tech implemented for developing marketing materials that appeal to all students.

    Meta

    Organization
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
    Department
    Computer Technologies
    City
    Asheville
    State
    NC
    Goal tag(s): 
    Recruiting
  • Status
    Completed!
    Sharon Burlingame

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 1, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Introduce participants to the NCWIT Activity & Change Tracker. Explain & illustrate how it can be used to stay motivated and engaged throughout the year.

    Meta

    Organization
    Pellissippi State Community College
    Department
    Business and Computer Technology - CSIT Program
    Additional Activity Info

    Distribute instructions; guide participants to visit site; have a brief search & identify contest;guide partipants through adding new activity and commenting on this one.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Organizational ChangeEvaluatingRaising AwarenessTeaching
  • Status
    Completed!
    Shira L. Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 15, 2015

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Charlie McDowell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Spread the word about pair programming in case there are any hold outs.

    Meta

    Organization
    UCSC
    Department
    Computer Science
    Additional Activity Info

    In 2002 we published the results of a study of pair programming showing that using pair programming in an introductory programming course dramatically increased retention. Pair programming is now an NCWIT “Promising Practice” (http://tinyurl.com/pairprogrammingNCWIT).

    In 2011, Salleh, Mendes, & Grundy published “Empirical Studies of Pair Programming for CS/SE Teaching in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review” in which they reviewed 73 studies (all but 4 published since our first report). One conclusion was that “Almost all studies’ findings reported that students’ satisfaction was higher when using PP compared with working individually.”

    Just do it. I firmly believe any pair programming method is better than making them work alone and live in fear of being accused of copying if they talk to anyone about their program. You don’t need a complicated system. At the VERY least, make pair programming an option for those that want to use it.

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

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    December 13, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 13, 2014
    Goal statement 
    Work with outside organizations such as Girl Scouts, to let them manage the advertising, registration, etc. of your outreach event to greatly reduce your workload, and hold more events during the school year.

    Meta

    Organization
    Oakland University
    Department
    Computer Science and Engineering
    City
    Rochester Hills
    State
    MI
    Additional Activity Info

    Every year you come home from the Summit, inspired and excited about reaching out to your local community to recruit more young girls into Computer Science, but when you return to your office, your research, your classes, your papers, and your life, all of those ideas are put on the back burner. You feel overwhelmed on how you can advertise, register, and organize events to show girls why and how CS can be in their future.

    If you want to hold an hour event, a day-long event, or visit a school, call your local Girl Scout council and let them do all the work for you. They can help with:

    • Advertising – They will advertise it in the schedule of council events for the year.

    • Registration – They already have a formal process in place to register girls for events. They have established rules in place to maintain the proper adult to child ratio, photo release forms, etc. On the day of the event, they may even provide people to register the girls as they arrive. With my council (Girl Scouts of South Eastern Michigan) they charge the girls a small fee. This ensures the girls actually show up, and the girls are provided with a badge and other goodies from Girl Scouts.

    • Evaluation – Girls Scouts may run the evaluation after the program for you.

    • Volunteers – For larger events I typically recruit students from my university to help out because they are always looking for ways to get volunteer hours. Girl Scouts work with other groups like Society of Women Engineers, (who also look for volunteer hours), and they find me women from engineering and computer science fields to volunteer. This means the K-12 girls can see and talk with both college women, and women from the STEM field during the event. Other potential groups to contact would be Society of Women Engineers, ACM, IEEE, and local FIRST Robotics High School teams. If these teams want to win the large FIRST awards they need to demonstrate outreach so they are willing to help you out.

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

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