Project Teams

The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) Engagement Team

The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) Engagement Team is responsible for reaching out to potential new members. Currently the Academic Alliance comprises more than 2,300 representatives from more than 600 institutions. These institutions include two-year and four-year schools, research universities, community colleges, minority serving institutions (MSIs), and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which offer degree programs ranging from Associate's degrees through PhDs. With the increasing number and diversity of institutional members, this team also focuses on increasing engagement between members. There are two activities that have recently been the focus of the team, increasing engagement and providing more benefits specific to NCWIT members to increase the value of their membership in the Academic Alliance.

Engagement Project Team Goals:

  • Rollout of the new online activity tracking system. All members are encouraged to login and submit their activities into the new Activity & Change Tracker
  • Monitor the use of the activity tracking system, and help members find ways to best utilize the system.
  • Continue to look at ways to share what members are doing in automatic/minimally-invasive ways (i.e., that don't require a lot of work by someone), for inspiration and publicity.
  • Continue to recruit new institutions to the alliance.

The Project Team has created a program that will facilitate NCWIT members to interact between members at professional conferences and workshops. It will be possible for AA NCWIT members to post their attendance at a conference via the NCWIT Facebook page and so connect with other AA members attending the conference, but also with members from the different alliances or with local members who are not attending the conference. We are currently working out the logistics of how best to organize this for maximum visibility and minimum information deluge.

Members of the Engagement Team:

  • Amber Wagner, Ph.D., Co-chair Liaison
  • Tisha Brown-Gaines, Project Team Co-leader
  • Lynne Grewe, Project Team Co-leader
  • Amardeep Kahlon, Project Team Co-leader
  • Mari Langford, Project Team Member
  • Diane Murphy, Project Team Member
  • Lisa Sandoval, Project Team Member

Summit Planning Team

The NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) Summit Planning Team is responsible for planning the annual AA meeting at the May Summit. They review the feedback captured in the previous year’s evaluation and strive to implement improvements to the AA meeting each year. In conjunction with the AA Co-chairs and NCWIT leaders, this team is working hard to ensure all members from all different types of institutions of the AA benefit from the AA meeting.

Members of the Summit Planning Team: 

  • Leen-Kiat Soh, Ph.D., Academic Alliance Project Team Co-Chair Liaison
  • Cynthia Lee, Academic Alliance Project Team Co-Leader
  • Colleen Lewis, Academic Alliance Project Team Co-Leader
  • Melanie Williamson, M.S., Academic Alliance Project Team Co-Leader
  • Christine Alvarado, Ph.D., Project Team Member
  • Yolanda Anderson, Project Team Member
  • Barbara Hewitt, Project Team Member
  • Sandra Lavallee, Project Team Member
  • Pamela Silvers, Project Team Member
  • Cheryl Swanier, Ph.D., Project Team Member