Tapping New Pools of Talent

Greg Greenstreet, VP Engineering

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Laura Robinson, Chair

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University of Denver - The Women's College

The University of Denver has set a goal to establish relationships with community colleges within their pipeline and participate in their on-campus recruiting and leadership events; and become involved with local NCWIT/SWE/STEM events for girls. We are hopeful that we will see some early results and recruit new students from community colleges in the 2014/2015 academic year.

Amy Gurley

Amy Gurley, SVP, Global Women in Technology & Operations

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Bank of America

Bank of America has a Pacesetters goal to increase the percentage of women hired into the Technology Analyst and Development Program recruited from US-based colleges and universities.  Bank of America is leveraging the relationship with NCWIT and the Award for Aspirations in Computing.  As the national sponsor of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, the bank as provided significant financial and in-kind support that has helped create a robust, prestigious nationwide program.  Over the last two years, the bank has hired some of these award winners as interns and looks forward to supporting their journey into the workforce.

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. Bank of America is dedicated to encouraging a diverse, inclusive workplace where all employees have the opportunity to achieve personal success and contribute to the growth of our business. In addition to promoting professional women's development through the employee network LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) for Women, there are also several line of business advocacy groups. Women in Technology & Operations (WIT&O) is one such group whose mission is to attract, develop and retain female talent in technology and operations at Bank of America by providing a strong community of support and changing the environment to enable women to make a meaningful difference at the company.  The WIT&O program began in 2005 with chapters in New York and Charlotte and has grown steadily to include 15 chapters in five countries.  Global membership has doubled from 1500 to over 3000 in two years.



Tommy Simpson, Director - IT

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AT&T will add a planned number of New Net Women to technical career paths within AT&T in the pre- and early career stages. The number of women added will be compared with the number of women from previous years. This can be achieved hrough improved and expanded recruiting efforts across all technical development programs within AT&T as well as focused training and coaching of non-technical employees that have the aptitude and interest in pursuing a technical discipline.

Scott McCrickard

Scott McCrickard, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

As an NCWIT Pacesetter, Virginia Tech is providing a positive computing experience for girls in high school by hosting and encouraging applications for the VA/DC Affiliate Aspiration in Computing Award. We have a focus on retention of female students in the CS major through strong support of our Virginia Tech Association for Women in Computing chapter and by offer women numerous scholarships to attend computing-related events with peers including the Grace Hopper and Tapia Conferences. We also continue to see interest in our new "designer minors" that combine CS with other disciplines (ex. business, math, psych, bioinformatics), drawing on populations with higher female/male ratios than engineering. Go Hokies!

Hear Scott tell the Virginia Tech Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1296.

Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson, Associate Professor of Computer Science

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University of Colorado - Boulder

At the University of Colorado, the Department of Computer Science is situated within the College of Engineering. While we produce terrific graduates, not all students identify as engineers and our program has endured low enrollments since the dot-com crash and low percentages of female students since the mid-1990s. This is in spite of interest in computer science by the more diverse students of the College of Arts and Sciences who, typically, do not want to take the math and science classes required to transfer to our program.

To address these problems, our participation in Pacesetters motivated us to develop a new degree program - the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science - to be taught by our department but housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. This new degree program is designed to enable what we call "CS + X": the ability to major in computer science and then earn a degree or minor in a second area of study, such as biology or physics. Interest is strong and we are almost through the approval process. Interest is strong and we anticipate accepting students into this new program by Fall 2012.

Hear Ken tell the University of Colorado at Boulder Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1298.

Adrienne Harrell

Adrienne Harrell, Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs

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University of California - Santa Cruz

Over the last 18 months, the number of women majoring in computer science at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) has increased by 40%. Faculty and staff at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering (JBSOE) have introduced a number of initiatives to encourage greater participation of women in computing on campus.

We are reaching out to middle school girls with a summer camp called "Girls in Engineering", which focuses computer science and engineering. Through our participation in the Bay Area Affiliate of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, we are encouraging high-school-age young women to pursue computing and establishing UCSC as a women-friendly place to study computing. An outreach "road show" is designed to influence more young women to consider computer science as a college option.

Our NSF-funded scholarship program targets financially disadvantaged students, especially women, and includes a unique live-and-learn community and shared curriculum in the first year. We also are reaching out to women already at UCSC through the redesign of an entry-level course and an advertising campaign we call "Project Awesome." Project Awesome is an aggressive "in-reach" program targeting first- and second-year women with brochures mailed to their homes, welcome events on campus, and a website (http://awesome.soe.ucsc.edu) that provides encouragement and incentive to study computing.

Hear Adrienne tell the University of California Santa Cruz Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1306.

Debra Richardson

Debra Richardson, Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation, Dean of Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science

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University of California - Irvine

At the Bren School of ICS at the University of California Irvine, we are encouraging undeclared freshman (with a focus on women) to enroll in one or more of our non-major classes and then complete one or more of our minors or transfer into one of our majors. We reach out to non-majors and "advertise" our introductory courses and the importance of being computationally fluent in the 21st century. We "market"" to undergraduate students who are already enrolled in their non-major courses about the opportunities for both minoring and majoring in computing-related disciplines. UCI also offers computing-related workshops to middle and high school girls - such as AppJams teaching them to develop mobile applications for STEM education targeted at young children. Our experience is that these fun, relevant workshops engage students in the learning process and this may result in students joining ICS@UCI, or may result in them pursuing computing majors at other institutions.

Hear Debra tell the University of California, Irvine Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1287.

Cedric Stallworth

Cedric Stallworth, Assistant Dean, Office of Outreach, Enrollment & Community

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech has worked hard to level the playing field for women in computing, but there is still much work to be done. Georgia Tech seeks to become a national leader in graduating underrepresented students, and we believe our existing efforts here will also increase our number of net new women.

We are increasing the number of net new women by directly leveraging the strength of our graduate programs and our many relationships with a number of undergraduate institutions. We are using the College of Computing's transfer and dual degree programs as a mechanism for increased diversity. In partnership with local women's colleges, we are establishing a dual degree pipeline in computing and we have extended this to include partnerships with two-year colleges, some of which are increasingly sending transfer students to Georgia Tech. This initiative is focused on steering women who might have some interest in advanced computing, but who don't see an immediate path, into computing majors and degrees. We also are partnering with undergraduate institutions to provide dual degrees for students attending schools with no undergraduate computing degree programs.

Hear Cedric tell the Georgia Tech Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1312.

John Bennett

John Bennett, Director of ATLAS

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Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society Institute

ATLAS students explore the complex interaction of technology and society and work to realize the full potential of that interaction. We created a new intro course in CS using a virtual world called Second Life and use it as a programming laboratory. We now offer a new track in game development that blends artistic and technical education. We introduced a new Master’s program focused on communication and information technology to improve the quality of life for people in the developing world. Our results to date include an Undergraduate program that is 58% women, a Masters program is 50% women, and a Ph.D. program that is 75% women. We have a lot left to do. Stay tuned!

Hear John share the ATLAS Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1293.