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  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 1, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 31, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Develop a 2-hour per day, 4-day Programming for Girls summer workshop for middle school girls

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

    We used NCWIT student seed funding to develop a Programming for Girls coding workshop for middle school girls http://eecs.wsu.edu/~gsprint/cougarquest/. The workshop is divided into four two-hour days and each day involves a different activity (see web page) and is offered through the Washington State University Cougar Quest program, which provides the necessary infrastructure (i.e., housing, food, chaperones, administration).

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    Generate interest in computing for female high school students

    Meta

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

    During my AiC visits, I realized that many high school students in Eastern Washington don't really know what computer science is or what a career in computer science might be like. One very open high school principal wondered whether he could visit WSU with some of his best female students. This was the start of the EECS High School Partnership Program that we're building. We're hoping to have female students from a total of 10 high schools within a 2.5-hour driving range come to the WSU campus annually. They would spend 4 hours on campus doing various activities, including a meet-and-greet; a tour of the EECS facilities; playing with robots in the robotics labs; learning about computing club and research activities; having lunch with female college students while learning about these students, how and why they got into computing, what their plans are, and asking them questions, and after lunch doing a "speed dating" event on a specific topic with these students in groups; and finally ending the visit with a 1-hour hands-on programming event.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 30, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Take advantage of my AiC visits to high schools to encourage any willing counselors to accept an NCWIT C4C kit

    Meta

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

    As part of my AiC activities, I'll be visiting high schools. I learned last year that many high school counselors don't really understand the difference between using Excel or Word and programming. When I mentioned this to my RAM, she told me about the Counselors for Computing kits. I've ordered 20 and will be taking them with me this year when I visit high schools in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. I'm hoping that any counselors with whom I meet will be willing to accept one.

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Pacesetters Goal #2: Increase retention of female students post-CptS 223 and CptS 233, Advanced Data Structures C/C++ and Advanced Data Structures Java, from approximately 50% to 60% by fall 2017.

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

    The Advanced Data Structures course (CptS 223 or CptS 233) is a key course in our CS curriculum. Our data for CptS 223 indicate that both female and male students exit the major at this point, i.e., either while taking or after taking CptS 223. The material is appreciably harder because they are learning many key concepts, and it is also the first course in which they do not have a structured lab. Our data also show that many more female students retake this course compared to male students.

    We believe that a simple intervention may help all our students with this fundamental course. While the instructor and teaching assistants are available for help, we will also add open tutorial lab sections with undergraduate teaching assistants so that students can see some actual code rather than just pseudocode, which seems to be their biggest complaint. We also think this may help some of our better female students improve their grades in this course so those who typically get high grades won't switch to another major because they received a C+ or even a low B.

    We will use enrollment numbers in CptS 223 and CptS 233 as well as enrollment numbers for the courses that follow them.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Pacesetters Goal #1: Increase female student enrollment in CptS 223 and CptS 233, Advanced Data Structures C/C++ and Advanced Data Structures Java, to 15% by fall 2017.

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

    The Advanced Data Structures course (CptS 223 or CptS 233) is the third course in our computer science curriculum. It follows two consecutive programming courses and is either a prerequisite or co-requisite course for almost all other courses in the major. Thus, it is a key course in our CS curriculum.

    CptS 111, Introduction to Algorithmic Problem Solving, is a 3-credit course that is not required in the major, but it has served in a development capacity for students not yet ready to take the two programming courses that are required. Recently it has been approved to satisfy a university-wide requirement, and we are planning to use it to recruit as many female students into the computer science curriculum as possible. All female students who do well after the first exam will be contacted and encouraged to meet with select faculty, students, and advisors to learn more about computing majors. We believe this will send a very positive message to these students. We cannot know how successful we will be, but to form an estimate of the potential number of female students needed in CptS 111, we calculated the retention of female students starting in CptS 111 and progressing to CptS 223. Unfortunately, we cannot change the fall 2016 teaching schedule because it was determined in fall 2015, but based on our calculations, we will offer a minimum of 250 seats in CptS 111 in spring 2017 compared to 145 in 2014 on which our calculations were based. We will offer 200 seats in fall 2016.

    We will survey all students enrolled in CptS 111 and the two paris of programming courses following CptS 111 (CptS 121/122 C/C++ and CptS 131/132 Java, to be offered for the first time in fall 2016) at the beginning and end of each semester to keep track of what courses they have taken, what major they are in, and whether they have changed their major or are thinking of changing their major. We will also use enrollment numbers for each of the 7 courses of interest (CptS 111, CptS 121/122, CptS 131/132, CptS 223/233).

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

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 26, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 22, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Train all staff for all undergrad CS courses on unconscious bias

    Meta

    Organization
    University of Michigan
    Department
    EECS
    City
    Ann Arbor
    State
    MI
    Additional Activity Info

    At the beginning of each semester, hold a mandatory training for all IAs, GSIs involved in our CS undergrad courses. This is approximately 300 staff each semester. We don't want to just cover the new hires because people forget.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Reducing Unconscious Bias
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Leslie Spivey

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 18, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 18, 2020
    Goal statement 
    Increase enrollment in the combined CS Department programs by 20%, while increasing our female population enrolled in the CS Programming degree to 20%, by 2020.

    Meta

    Organization
    Edison State Community College
    Department
    Computer Information Tech
    City
    Piqua
    State
    OH
    Additional Activity Info

    I and the other member of my department will travel to our local high school and career technical academies to meet with students who are already in a program that expresses an interest in CS.

    While there we will also distribute materials to the high school advisors/teachers and educate them in the many programs that our college has to offer.

    I will also contact the Enrollment Services Department, regarding the Open Houses scheduled for the Summer and those that happen right before the term begins.

    We will also then use one or a hybrid of one of the surveys-in-a-box, as a survey of enrolled students to find out how our students are coming to our classes and find out which activities are the most effective.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Gondy Leroy

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 1, 2013
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 31, 2018
    Goal statement 
    Make sure all our graduating graduate students (master's and doctoral) are aware of obstacles and advantages of diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

    Meta

    Organization
    University of Arizona
    Department
    Management Information Systems
    City
    Tucson
    State
    AZ
    Additional Activity Info

    The program consists of three components:

    1) a spring speaker series with speakers from industry and academia bringing different perspectives to increase awareness of obstacles and opportunities of diversity and inclusion. Some speakers bring practical advice on negotiation, bias, ...

    These sessions are videotaped so that students can attend the live or online sessions.

    The program is open to all University of Arizona students, staff members and faculty members.

    Speakers are asked to create a mini-quiz with 5 multiple choice questions. Students who complete 3 or more quizzes earn a Certificate of Completion. After 3 years, over 100 certificates were earned.

    2) travel awards for students to attend Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

    3) small scholarship awards for activities executed during internships or the school year.

    https://mis.eller.arizona.edu/tomorrows-leaders-equipped-diversity-program

    Goal tag(s): 
    Organizational ChangeOutreachRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Rita Manco Powell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 15, 2013
    Target Completion Date: 
    August 29, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Make computer science accessible to ALL students. Increase participation of women in the undergraduate major to 40%. Increase the participation of underrepresented minorities to 15%. Penn Emerging Scholars Program is a peer-led team learning program that gives freshman undeclared majors who are interested in computer science to work on algorithmic problems with peer leaders and learn more about the major.

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    Organization
    University of Pennsylvania
    Department
    Computer and Information Science Department
    City
    Philadelphia
    State
    PA
    Additional Activity Info

    Freshmen undeclared majors, who are interested in learning more about computer science and math to see if these majors are a fit for them, are invite to apply to a peer-led team learning workshop program that meets weekly for 90 minutes for 8 weeks. The students solve logical, algorithmic problems in small groups under the guidance of two peer leaders. The workshop problems are developed by 2 PhD students from computer science and math who meet weekly for one hour with the peer leaders to review the problems of that week.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 31, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    My goal is to expand the AiC program to the nineteen counties in Eastern Washington, which has about 150 high schools.

    Meta

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

    Form the Eastern Washington Affiliate of the Aspirations in Computing Awards program for female high school students and encourage all eligible students to apply for the program. Visit as many high schools as possible in order of the population densities: Spokane County in 2015, the Tri-Cities area in 2016, Yakima in 2017, and so on. Send email information to all high schools and publicize in other ways as identified. Organize annual award ceremony and banquet and raise funds for this and for awards. Also solicit companies for monetary and swag contributions.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Tracey Lanham

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 16, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 15, 2017
    Goal statement 
    We will increase the participation and amount of engagement of girls in K-12 by supporting and participating in mentoring programs, AspireIT camps, and the Aspirations in Computing Awards.

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

    Adopt two 4th grade classrooms at Treeline Elementary School. FSoT students will mentor the 4th graders and teach them about programming, robotics, and technology careers. Our AspireIT camps will be held in both Lee and Collier counties and marketed through both of the school districts. We will promote our Aspirations in Computing Award cycle to as many high schools as possible in the South Florida region through email and web content to increase the number of girls that participate in the process.

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Other
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Sandra Lavallee

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 16, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    August 11, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Invite young girls interested in tech by inviting middle school girls from the Lakes Region area (Laconia, Meredith, Belmont, Winnisquam, Frankin, Prospect Mtn, Moultonborough, Bristol) to attend a week long camp to learn web programming.

    Meta

    Organization
    Lakes Region Community College
    Department
    Computer and Design Technologies
    City
    Laconia
    State
    NH
    Additional Activity Info

    Teach HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript in a fun atmosphere by having games, pair programming, and swag bags.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    H. Paul Haiduk

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 16, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 18, 2020
    Goal statement 
    Goal is simply to move from fewer than 5% female students in CS to 25% female students in CS by 2020. We plan to accomplish this by conducting outreach events, forming an ACMW chapter, and engaging current females to become mentors to high school students via the programs offered via Aspirations in Computing.

    Meta

    Organization
    West Texas A&M University
    Department
    Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Canyon
    State
    TX
    Additional Activity Info

    TBD

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

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    November 19, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    November 19, 2015
    Goal statement 
    The Tech Trek to media and fashion corporations in NYC is designed to show women they can pair their passions with technology and have a meaningful and successful career.

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

    Undergraduate women majoring in business, computer science or computer engineering were invited to travel to New York City to visit the Condé Nast and Estée Lauder offices. Presentations showed the ways that technology is shaping the future of the beauty and media industries. The students met with executives and Villanova alumnae to learn about their current roles and career paths.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Raising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Completed!
    Robert Beck

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 30, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    January 30, 2016
    Goal statement 
    This one-day event will give women the opportunity to: imagine a technology-based career, increase participation in technology, share successes and failures, and network across schools, disciplines and generations.

    Meta

    Organization
    Villanova University
    Department
    Computing Sciences
    Additional Activity Info

    A locally run conference, organized by Sue Metzger from the School of Business, in collaboration with the Department of Computing Sciences, formatted somewhat like a mini-Hopper.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Colleen Lewis

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 4, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    January 15, 2016
    Goal statement 
    I'd like to get our students involved in open source projects as a way of expanding students' access to mentors and summer opportunities.

    Meta

    Organization
    Harvey Mudd College
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Claremont
    State
    CA
    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Kate Lockwood

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 25, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 25, 2016
    Goal statement 
    I plan to use the ACT tool to regularly update progress on my goals

    Meta

    Organization
    NCWIT
    Department
    Engagement Team
    State
    MN
    Goal tag(s): 
    Organizational ChangeRaising Awareness
  • Status
    Completed!
    Robert Beck

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    February 16, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 6, 2015

    Meta

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

    VWCS has established a plan for ongoing student leadership. In Spring 2015 the group held three meetings: one on February 16 to get to know each other better, one on March 16 (just before Fall registration began) to help each other with class selection, and one on April 20th in conjunction with the College of Professional Studies programs, where two engineers from Verizon (Courtney George and Damika Harris) talked about their experiences in the tech field. All meetings have been very informative and helpful.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingOutreachMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Completed!
    Kristine Nagel

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Programming Boot Camp provides a combination of intense programming labs with professional development and community building activities to help increase confidence, create awareness of opportunities, and build a supporting peer network. Key issues are curriculum choice, workshop strategies, and effectiveness supporting women’s success and persistence in computing degree program.

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    Organization
    Georgia Gwinnett College
    Department
    Information Technology
    City
    Lawrenceville
    State
    GA
    Additional Activity Info

    Please visit our website for more information about the 2014 boot camp, and others : http://ggcwit.wordpress.com/bootcamp/ .

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Zayira Jordan

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 31, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Reduce attrition and increase degree completion of underrepresented women in computer disciplines.

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