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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested in efforts to address the lack of diversity in the computing workforce by funding the development of effective practices and programs that focus on the underrepresentation of women, Hispanics, Black/African Americans, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities. As an NSF funded BPC Alliance, NCWIT offers scalable, evaluated, and packaged programs and resources that Principal Investigators (PIs) and their departments can leverage within their CISE research grant submissions.

Relevant NCWIT Programs

Aspirations in Computing (AiC)

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 opportunities include awards for women in high school or college, as well as high school educators. Volunteer opportunities for students and faculty are also available through AiC.

Noteworthy Outcome

Ninety percent of past Award for AiC recipients report a major or minor in a STEM field while in college — 80 percent in computer science or engineering.

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AspireIT

AspireIT connects high school and college women from AiC with K-12 girls to create and enhance interest in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments. By serving as an AspireIT Program Partner, organizations can facilitate computing programs in their community -- encouraging young women to learn new skills and become technology innovators.

Noteworthy Outcome

Since 2013, more than 8,000 girls have received an estimated 240,000 instruction hours through 300 AspireIT programs in 40 states.

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Counselors For Computing (C4C)

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. C4C conveys this information at workshops across the country, frequently on college campuses.

Noteworthy Outcome

In 2017, C4C staff and counselor consultants produced or presented at 52 events in 18 states, reaching 4,477 counselors for a potential reach to 1,119,250 girls.

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EngageCSEdu

EngageCSEdu is is a living collection of high school and college course materials from the national CS community that is peer-reviewed and evaluated by educators and experts in student engagement, and based on a framework of research-based teaching practices that support diversity. NSF PIs can contribute to, and utilize, this repository.

Noteworthy Outcome

Since launch, nearly 38,000 materials have been accessed; and, more than 6,300 materials have been downloaded.

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Extension Services (ES)

Extension Services (ES) recommends research-based approaches and resources for increasing women’s participation in computing, helping departments achieve measurable results in the short term and the long term. In addition to utilizing ES recommendations, PIs can work with ES consultants to develop a customized strategy that focuses on creating culture change within educational systems.

Noteworthy Outcome

For 2012-16 ES clients who received customized consultation, new enrollments of women grew by 75 percent over four years, while new enrollments of men grew by only 38 percent.

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If you are a BPC Alliance PI, and have questions about NCWIT programs or resources, contact us at bpcnet@ncwit.org

 

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