Affinity Alliance Projects

Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce. AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. Community members also give back to others by planning and leading computing experiences for middle school girls and high school women. These opportunities allow women of the Community to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.

 

AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program

NCWIT AspireIT connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments that are supported by program partners from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their program partners fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills.

Counselors for Computing (C4C)

NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers. Download the one-page information sheet to learn how C4C offers counselors with professional development.

Male/ Majority Group Advocates Work Team

This team is in action by piloting and helping NCWIT to evaluate new resources for male/ majority group advocacy.

Research & Resources Work Team

This team works to stay abreast of current research and helps NCWIT identify and prioritize new research and resource needs, conduct original social science research in support of NCWIT’s mission, and repackage existing NCWIT resources so that they are more actionable.

Sit With Me

Sit With Me (SWM) is a fun, creative national advocacy campaign that uses an iconic red chair to symbolize the critical need for women’s technical contributions. Men and women, both technical and non-technical, hold events to acknowledge and celebrate these valuable contributions, reinforcing that all individuals can sit in support and solidarity for technical women.