Workshops Session One

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Summit Events

2:15pm - 3:15pm

(Several of these workshops repeat in Session Two - see below for details)

  1. CS10K: Researchers from the University of Chicago were commissioned to research the landscape of high school computer science teacher professional development (PD) in the United States.  The research revealed a diverse mix of efforts, as well as many systemic impediments that need to be addressed in order to develop a teaching workforce at scale that can teach computer science both credibly and equitably.  Some of the largest PD providers in the study were ones that cited a top goal of broadening participation in computing.  Michael Lach from the University of Chicago will discuss the study and the implications of training our nation's teachers in order to have more computer science classes in schools and more women and other underrepresented groups in those classrooms.  After the presentation, Jan Cuny (NSF) and Cameron Wilson (ACM) will lead the group in a discussion about what this means to the computing community more broadly, and NCWIT specifically.  Join us in this critical dialogue about the future of U.S. K-12 computer science education and hence the U.S. computing workforce. Presenters: Michael Lach, University of ChicagoJan Cuny, NSF; Cameron Wilson, ACM (THIS WORKSHOP REPEATS)
  2. Aspirations in Computing for Talent Development: Come find out how the Aspirations in Computing program can help you attract more women to your organization. Universities will describe how they successfully recruited talented undergraduate women to their CS and engineering programs by hosting an Aspirations award event and offering scholarships to recipients. Bank of America and Microsoft will share ways they have leveraged the program to identify interns and new employees, and increased engagement among employees serving as Aspirations mentors, application reviewers, and event volunteers. Past award recipients will talk about how the Aspirations program has influenced their career decisions, and provide insights about what young women are looking for in a university program or internship. Moderator: Ruthe Farmer, NCWIT; Presenters: Martha Kosa, Tennessee Tech; Eric Bradford, University of Arkansas; Maureen Biggers, Indiana University; Amy Gurley, Bank of America; Cassidy Williams, Iowa State University; Dalene King, Microsoft
  3. Bystander Awareness Training: Bystanders can play a crucial role when they witness unconscious biases or problematic comments and interactions occurring in the classroom or workplace. Come learn how you can speak up, make room for silenced voices, halt a painful escalation, and make a difference.  This workshop provides a valuable chance to practice in real time effective things that you can say and do in these potentially uncomfortable or difficult situations. Outcomes of the training include being able to identify and interpret a situation where help is needed, assuming personal responsibility, deciding upon appropriate response, and taking action. Presenter: Patricia Deyton, Center for Gender in Organizations (THIS IS A TWO HOUR WORKSHOP COVERING BOTH SESSIONS)
  4. Matinee: Not showing! Technical women in film and television. Films and television programs are filled with occupational messages for boys and girls, yet are dominated by traditional and stereotypical gender roles. Through film clips and open discussions, we will explore the portrayal of women and technical women in mass media and discuss ways of debunking occupational stereotypes to change the beliefs that shape their educational and occupational choices. Presenter: Stacy Smith, USC Annenberg (THIS WORKSHOP REPEATS)
  5. NCWIT Academic Resource Workshop: NCWIT member representatives will share their stories of taking action in the educational field through the use of NCWIT resources. Panelists will share their experiences of doing educational outreach, distributing resources, and making changes in the way they teach.  Come to hear their compelling stories, ask questions, and engage in a discussion of how you might take action using NCWIT resources to increase the meaningful participation of females in computing. Moderator: Rebecca Dohrman, Maryville University; Presenters: Sharon Simmons, James Madison University; Renee Fall, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Shalini Kesar, Southern Utah University
  6. Male Advocates Matter: Promoting gender diversity in technology: NCWIT is publishing cutting-edge research on male advocates and allies in the technology workplace. Come hear highlights of the research findings and hear male and female NCWIT member representatives talk about their experiences with male influencers. The men on the panel will discuss what motivates them to be part of diversity efforts, what they think works well, what challenges they have faced, and what advice they have for other men and women.  The women on the panel will talk about the role male colleagues and sponsors have played in their careers, ways they recommend identifying male allies, and advice they have for other women and men. Moderator: Catherine Ashcraft, NCWIT;  Presenters: Mike Younkers, Cisco Systems; Colin Bodell, Amazon; Lisa Neal-Graves, Intel; Renata Colitti O'Day, Brocade (THIS WORKSHOP REPEATS)
  7. Intersectionality and IT: Historically, research on underrepresentation in technology has focused primarily on identities such as gender or race in isolation of each other, but this approach has important limitations. Come learn about how intersecting identities including gender, race and class shape the experiences of women of color in technical occupations. Dr. Kvasny will draw from her research to illustrate how the experiences of women of color differ from those of their white female colleagues and how these women negotiate the challenges associated with being under represented in terms of both race and gender. Practical implications for creating more inclusive computing environments will also be discussed. Presenter: Dr. Lynette Kvasny (THIS WORKSHOP REPEATS)
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