Status 
In progress
Shira L. Broschat

Dates

Activity 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

Meta

Organization 
Washington State University
Department 
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Author 
shira
City 
Pullman
State 
Washington
Activity Description 

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.

Progress On Activity 
We implemented the program in fall 2015. It has worked well for the students who have participated in it, but not very many students have. We need to do a better job of reaching out to the students to try to get them to participate.
Goal tag(s) 
Retaining
Reducing Unconscious Bias
Mentoring