In progress
Gondy Leroy


Activity 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.


University of Arizona
Management Information Systems
Activity Description 
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.
Progress On Activity 
The program has been active for three years (since 2013). It started with NCWIT funding. I hope to continue doing it, grow it, and get more people involved in organizing and managing the program.
I am always looking for good speakers. Any volunteers, please contact me:
Lessons Learned 
If the activities lead to a line item on students' CVs, they are much more interested
Be data driven, include the numbers from studies, surveys, ... in presentations
If the activities are not focused on women only, but more general on diversity and inclusion, the generate more interest (our audience is representative of our student body and not limited to women).
Be positive, don't focus on the problems but on the benefits, ROI, ...
Goal tag(s) 
Organizational Change
Raising Awareness