NCWIT's Member Activity and Change Tracker (ACT)

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Sangeeta Gad

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 24, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Houston PREP is a four summer’s mathematics-based program that is six weeks long, directed at middle and high school students. We provide our students with a unique, high quality experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designed to prepare them for precollege classes and college programs. Students who successfully complete the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year are invited back to apply for the next year.

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    Organization
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Department
    college of Sciences and Technology
    City
    Houston
    State
    TX
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Leen-Kiat Soh

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 7, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 7, 2015
    Goal statement 
    I want to inform about computational creativity, share lessons learned, disseminate materials, and encourage others to adopt the computational creativity exercises. I also would like to recruit adopters to widen our continuing evaluation of these exercises.

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    Organization
    University of Nebraska
    Department
    Computer Science and Engineering
    City
    Lincoln
    State
    NE
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachEvaluatingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    John Paxton

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 5, 2012
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Montana State University's Computer Science Department is systematically remodeling its student spaces. Three rooms have been remodeled to date. Two rooms provide students with a Japanese-themed, aesthetic, comfortable environment in which to work, collaborate and seek assistance from other students. The third room provides students with a startup-like environment in which to work on semester-long projects that are overseen by industry. The remodeled rooms receive heavy use and reinforce many important ideas such as the importance of interdisciplinary thinking, the importance of understanding our global world, the importance of collaboration and the importance of creating a beautiful future. We believe the rooms help us attract, retain and graduate increasing numbers of students and faculty. Female students, who never used the rooms before the remodels, are now some of the heaviest users.

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    Organization
    Montana State University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Bozeman
    State
    MT
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachMentoringAdvising/Counseling
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Cindy S. Tucker

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    April 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    April 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Work with our local ACM-W student chapter, Bluegrass Women in Technology, to host Hour of Code activities for K-12 students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Reach 200+ students and introduce them to programming. Celebrate the accomplishments of women in computing, including high school women.

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    Organization
    Bluegrass Community and Technical College
    Department
    Computer & Information Technologies
    City
    Lexington
    State
    KY
    Additional Activity Info

    Bluegrass Women in Technology (BWiT) a student chapter of ACM, used funding from an NCWIT seed grant to sponsor outreach programs to K-12 students to participate in Hour of Code seminars and include high school women pursing computing disciplines to Kentucky Community Colleges – Women in Computing (KYCC-WiC), an ACM-W Regional Celebration.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreach
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Margaret Burnett

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    April 10, 2015
    Goal statement 
    GenderMag helps software developers and usability professionals find and debug gender-inclusiveness issues in their software. Fixing these issues takes down barriers that may disproportionately affect one gender but could also affect a fraction of the other. No background in gender difference research is required.

    Meta

    Organization
    Oregon State University
    City
    Corvallis
    State
    OR
    Additional Activity Info

    Use GenderMag to find gender-inclusiveness issues in software.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Reducing Unconscious BiasEvaluatingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Phil Sands

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 18, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 8, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Outreach goal to engage more young women in computing; retention goal to build a community of undergraduate women that can interact both as part of our program and independently.

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    Organization
    Purdue University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    West Lafayette
    State
    IN
    Additional Activity Info

    Program is designed to develop college undergraduate mentors to work with after-school computing clubs for young women.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    K-12 Serving Organization
  • Status
    In progress
    Cathy Hawley

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    April 22, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Find hidden talent and help women who have been out of the workforce for >1 year get back into work.

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    Organization
    Return Path
    Department
    Product Management, Software Engineering, Marketing, Project Management
    City
    Broomfield
    State
    CO
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Corporation/Startup Company
  • Status
    Completed!
    Sarah Brown

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    December 9, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 9, 2014
    Goal statement 
    500 Startups' Rainbow Round & Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup will be co-hosting a Diversity In Tech panel at Galvanize. The event will feature diverse CEOs, entrepreneurs, and prominent techies in the Boulder-Denver area discussing their experiences with diversity in tech. Galvanize's gSchool will do an open house at 5:30p prior to the main event (starting at 6p) to bring awareness to their programs and diversity-focused scholarships. Refreshments will be served during a reception after the panel. This should be a great event uniting several amazing organizations in Boulder and Silicon Valley working towards increasing diversity in tech.

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    Organization
    Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup
    City
    Boulder
    State
    CO
    Goal tag(s): 
    Raising Awareness
  • Status
    In progress
    Maureen Biggers

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 18, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 1, 2015
    Goal statement 
    To increase awareness of unconscious bias and its impact on retention in technical environments. To encourage the development of Champions of Inclusion for our classrooms and labs.

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    Organization
    Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing
    Department
    Diversity and Education
    City
    Bloomington
    State
    IN
    Additional Activity Info

    We have three steps this year related to this initiative:
    1. Catherine Ashcraft came to the IU campus to give talks on unconscious bias in technology environments.
    2. We designed and implemented a "required for all" workshop for our 250+ teaching assistants. It is permanently in place for all new teaching assistants each semester.
    3. We have a group of students developing an eBadge on this topic to be used in classrooms, training and more.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingReducing Unconscious BiasRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Joseph Lyon

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    February 6, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    February 20, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Examine usefulness of ACT tool

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    Organization
    NCWIT
    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
  • Status
    In progress
    Ambareen Siraj

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    March 27, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    March 28, 2015
    Goal statement 
    To bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Website to regsiter and participate: www.wicys.net

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    Organization
    Tennessee Tech University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Atlanta
    State
    GA
    Additional Activity Info

    Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is significant shortage of skilled professionals regionally, nationally and internationally. Even worse, women’s representation in this male-dominated field of security is alarmingly low.
    Through the WiCyS community and activities we expect to raise awareness about the importance and nature of cybersecurity career. We hope to generate interest among students to consider cybersecurity as a viable and promising career option.
    With support from National Science Foundation, Award #1303441 (Capacity Building in Cybersecurity: Broadening Participation of Women In Cybersecurity through the Women in Cybersecurity Conference and Professional Development), WiCyS is an effort to bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachReducing Unconscious BiasMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Tracey Lanham

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 3, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 3, 2014
    Goal statement 
    To utilize paired programming techniques with teaching mother/daughter pairs and big sister/little sister pairs the constructs of programming with the Scratch program.

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    Organization
    Hodges University's WITH US (Women in Technology, Hodges University Students) Group
    Department
    Fisher School of Technology
    City
    Fort Myers
    State
    FL
    Additional Activity Info

    We used the Scratch program to deliver a unique paired programming experience for mothers, daughters, and sisters. Providing workbooks of activities, we challenged the participants to learn basic functionality of the Scratch program and then apply the skill sets they learned to build a unique program that solved a problem within their life or community. Allowing the participants time to work through a set of standard skills activities gave them the confidence they needed to embrace the end project where they needed to apply critical thinking skills in addition to their newly learned programming skills. Pairing the participants with family members gave them quality time to spend together working on a mutual project with the expectation that they would encourage each other to get involved with additional programming activities after the lunch and learn.

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachMentoringRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Jen Rosato

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 1, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    January 31, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Educate faculty about mindset research and its impact on student motivation and achievement. Faculty incorporate growth mindset activities in their classrooms.

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    Organization
    College of St. Scholastica
    Department
    CIS/CS
    Additional Activity Info

    Purchased EducatorKit site license from MindsetWorks and the Mindset book by Carol Dweck. Host a kickoff meeting for the online training to make sure everyone can get registered and logged into the online course. Walk through the introduction model and distribute books. Send reminder emails about the training each week. Host a follow up meeting, including an annotated bibliography of relevant research. Provide stipends or other incentive for implementing a change in the classroom. Assess change in mindset by administering pre/post mindset surveys to faculty and students.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Completed!
    Cheryl Swanier

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    December 6, 2013
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2014
    Goal statement 
    In a concerted effort to broaden participation in computer science, a presentation was given to the Freshman Class at Fort Valley State University about why they should major in computer science.

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    Organization
    Fort Valley State University
    Department
    Mathematics and Computer Science
    City
    Fort Valley
    State
    GA
    Additional Activity Info

    In an effort to recruit, retain, and release students in computer science at Fort Valley State University, a few computer science students and I decided to give an exciting presentation about “Changing the Face of Technology.” Approximately, 245 students participated in this forum as we shared with the freshmen orientation class why computer science needs them and why they should either major or minor in computer science. The students who presented were able to talk about their research and internship experiences.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingAdvising/Counseling
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only

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