The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Receives the EcoSystemsforCS Catalyst Grant to Leverage Partnership with Birmingham Public Library (BPL)

October 24, 2019

Today, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) receives an EcoSystemsforCS catalyst grant in the amount of $15,000 for promoting community-led systemic change in K-12 computer science education. NCWIT is one of ten communities to receive funding and technical assistance over a one-year period through EcoSystemsforCS, a new initiative launched by CSforALL with support from Schmidt Futures.



Specifically, NCWIT will partner with the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) to leverage existing work of NCWIT Regional Initiatives, as well as work done by TechBirmingham and other backbone organizations. Together, these organizations will provide direct opportunities and pathways into CS, provide professional development and leadership for influencers, and also create a succession plan. 

“NCWIT convenes organizations across the computing ecosystem so that change leaders do not find themselves working in isolation,” says NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “By leveraging each organization’s wealth of resources, connections, and expertise; we all do our part in building inclusive cultures.”

“Birmingham Public Library Youth and Teen Services is excited to partner with NCWIT and ALA to help provide CS programs throughout the city,” says a Learning Center Department Head.

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 BPL

As the largest public library system in the Southeast, the Birmingham Public Library has been a cornerstone for this community and a catalyst for personal transformation over the past 133 years. BPL is committed to serving citizens as a bridge for building social connections that offers individuals opportunities they might not have otherwise. We believe that providing Computer Science programs for our library patrons represents an added fulfillment of this commitment. For more information, please visit www.bplonline.org.