Academic Alliance

Academic Alliance

Diversity-minded educators are rethinking the traditional classroom to encourage all voices to speak and ensure they will be heard. For female students in many classroom cultures, old habits, social and gender dynamics—even the way tests are presented—can turn enthusiasm, learning, and graduation rates into a discouraging uphill battle.

Who we are

Bringing together more than 2,300 distinguished representatives from more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide, the Academic Alliance (AA) focuses on local barriers to attracting and graduating women in postsecondary computing. By adopting research-based practices, members create a framework to address the human dimensions of the educational setting—small steps that make the classroom a place for everyone.

See who's on the Academic Alliance Advisory Board.

For a printable overview of the benefits of membership, download the AA Membership Flyer.

For a printable overview of ways to support the AA, download the AA Information Sheet.

Getting involved

Academic Alliance members gain access to proven practices, ongoing workshops, and programs for students as well as educators and administrators that encourage inclusion. They can also share job postings and other resources that help shape the kinds of environments that make learning possible for all. The advantages of joining include:

Be heard. Join now. Fill out the NCWIT Academic Alliance membership form.

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Alliance Leadership

Leen-Kiat Soh, Ph.D.

2018-2021 AA Co-Chair
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Amber Wagner, Ph.D.

2019-2022 AA Co-Chair
Birmingham Southern College

Melanie Williamson, M.S.

2020-2023 AA Co-Chair
Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Beth Quinn, Ph.D.

Director of Strategic Initiatives for the AA
University of Colorado Boulder

Gretchen Achenbach, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
University of Virginia

Brittney Anderson-Martin, M.Ed.

AA Project Manager

Kim Kalahar, MBA

AA Awards Manager
University of Colorado Boulder