The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the American Library Association (ALA) Partner to Expand Gender Diversity in Computer Science

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Today, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced their 2019 CSforALL Commitment to equip libraries and schools with resources for collaborating to expand gender diversity in computer science.

New resources will include “Top 10 Ways School Counselors and Library Staff Can Partner to Promote Future-Ready Learners” and "You Can Actively Recruit a Diverse Range of Girls Into Library Computing Programs.” Additionally, NCWIT and the ALA will co-host a #SSCHAT Twitter Chat in December 2019, convening libraries and schools to share best practices and ideas for integrating computing education into both formal and informal learning opportunities. 

“All of us who influence young learners should work together to provide students the opportunity to become aware and learn more about technology careers and opportunities that are available in PK-12, higher education, and beyond,” says NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “NCWIT provides resources for these influencers to learn and grow the inclusion and engagement skills necessary to create change in cultures and reveal potential in students.”  

“Public and school libraries provide critical access to technology and resources for children and youth to explore interests and new ideas. Librarians design learning environments that spark creativity and when it comes to computing, can help connect youth from all backgrounds to opportunities in and out of school,” says Marijke Visser, Senior Policy Advocate with the American Library Association. “ALA is pleased that our partnership with NCWIT is taking another step to address inequities in computing education and careers.”    

The announcement coincides with the CSforALL Summit on October 21-23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah—annual convening of stakeholders of the Computer Science for All movement to celebrate progress and announce new commitments to reach the goal of access to rigorous, inclusive, and sustainable computer science education for all U.S. students.

Inadequate computing education shortchanges all kids, but especially girls and youth of color. Right now, just 34 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement (“Girls in IT: The Facts” report). Yet, the U.S. Department of Labor expects 3.5 million computing-related job openings by 2026, and at the current rate, only 19 percent of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients (“Women and IT: By the Numbers”). In order to meet the industry’s demands for technical talent, #CSforALL is necessary.

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,240 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influence and meaningful participation of all girls and women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

About ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit www.ala.org.