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Male Advocates and Allies: Promoting Gender Diversity in Technology Workplaces

This report, sponsored by NCWIT's Workforce Alliance, provides an inside look into how men think about and advocate for diversity in the technical workplace. Drawing from interviews with 47 men in technical companies and departments, this study: 1) Identifies the factors that motivate or hinder men in advocating for gender diversity, 2) explores what diversity efforts men have experienced as successful or unsuccessful, and 3) identifies specific strategies to increase men's participation in advocacy.

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Who Invents IT? Women’s Participation in Information Technology Patenting, 2012 Update

The original 2007 report, Who Invents IT? An Analysis of Women’s Participation in Information Technology Patenting, examined the rates at which women have been patenting in information technology (IT), how these rates have evolved between 1980-2005, and how these rates differ across IT industry sub-categories and across specific organizations. This edition updates the previous report, exploring these trends from 2006-2010.

Summaries of Selected Research of SSAB Members and Visitors to 2012 NCWIT Summit

Members of the Social Science Advisory Board (SSAB) support the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) through their research and knowledge about women and information technology.  The depth and breadth of perspectives and approaches that SSAB members and visitors bring to the study of women and computing are illustrated in examples of their recent research projects.  In the research summaries that follow, we see expertise across social science fields, and theoretical and empirical issues and findings with implications for diversity and the full participation of wome

Top 10 Ways to Thrive in Your Technical Career

Top 10 Ways to Thrive in Your Technical Career

This resource provides tips mid-career technical women can use to advance their careers.

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Top 10 Ways to Be a Male Advocate for Technical Women

This resource features ten ways male advocates say they support technical women and promote diversity efforts in their organizations. Use the ideas to influence your own efforts.

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Interrupting Bias in Academic Settings

Use this resource to help you practice ways to interrupt bias in real-life situations.

Use the orange button to download a printable copy of this resource and facilitation guide.

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Collaborating to Grow the Pathway of Native Americans in STEM: White Paper

Intel, in partnership with NCWIT, hosted Growing the Legacy of Native American Leadership in Science and Technology: A Thought Leadership Event. Key leaders in academia, government, tribal nations, non-profit organizations, and the tech industry convened to discuss the state of technology in Native American communities, identify gaps, and create actionable steps for increasing Native American student participation and retention in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

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Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable: Executive Brief

In August 2016, representatives from more than 40 non-profit, industry, media, education, and policy organizations gathered for a Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable, hosted by NCWIT and Google, to discuss influence, intersectionality, and media messaging. Participants reported increased awareness about the importance of encouraging and supporting black women and girls through tangible resources and actions.

BRAID Summit

Friday, July 15, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, July 16, 2016 (All day)

NCWIT's Lecia Barker will be in attendence.

Saturday 5-5:30: Handing out NCWIT Resources for BRAID Schools

Sunday 1-3 Workshop: “NCWIT approaches for engaging women in undergraduate CS programs”

2016 HI-TEC Conference

Monday, July 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, July 28, 2016 (All day)

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.

Thursday at 8:15am. (7/28) NCWIT's Beth Quinn will be giving a talk with AA member and community college professor Pam Silvers about NCWIT. 

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students in Computing: The NCWIT Approach: This session introduces participants to NCWIT—a member-based nonprofit organization of almost 600 academic institutions, companies, and nonprofits working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. We will explore how NCWIT equips change leaders with research-based resources to build capacity, raise awareness, reach critical populations, and implement systemic change in their organizations. We will focus on the postsecondary space, and one or more AA member representatives (faculty or staff) will discuss how they made use of NCWIT resources and programs to affect change. Free NCWIT resources and information on how to get involved will be provided.

2016 CRA Conference at Snowbird

Sunday, July 17, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (All day)

The biennial CRA Conference at Snowbird is the flagship invitation-only conference for the leadership of the North American computing research community.

July 18, 2016 (Monday) 11:00 AM NCWIT's Lecia Barker will be speaking:

Student Profiles and Motivations During the Enrollment Growth (Ballroom 2)

This panel will address a number of questions, including:

2016 ASCA Annual Conference

Saturday, July 9, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (All day)

Join us this summer at the 2016 ASCA Annual Conference, The Recipe for Success, in New Orleans, July 9-12. We've lined up more than 150 breakout sessions for your education and professional development, not to mention amazing speakers and networking opportunities. 

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT on a single page.

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Critical Listening Guide: Just Because You Always Hear It, Doesn't Mean It's True

Use this guide to help identify common misunderstandings that surface when people talk about how to increase the participation of women.  Learn to spot "red flags" that indicate a particular discussion is headed in a direction that may not be research-based or effective.

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How Can Organizations Reap the Benefits of a Diverse Workforce?

Whether or not an organization will fully benefit from diversity depends on how its members answer the questions, “What do we do with this diversity? Why do we want a diversified workforce?” Organizations must explicitly address these questions if they are to prevent diversity efforts from backfiring and if they are to reap the oft-touted benefits of better performance and productivity. Three organizational diversity paradigms are presented along with the assumptions and practices, pros, and cons of each.

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How Can Leader-Member Relationships Promote Women’s Retention and Advancement?

Positive leader-member relationships are characterized by exchanges of trust, respect, and low formality. They measurably improve performance, job satisfaction, and commitment.

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What Makes Electronic Mentoring Effective?

By removing time and location constraints, e-mentoring allows women to connect with many more women than face-to-face mentoring permits. It can also promote more open mentor-protégé communication by limiting status differences.

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How Does the Physical Environment Affect Women’s Entry and Persistence in Computing?

The décor of physical spaces conveys messages about the kinds of people who belong there and the kinds of activities that should be done there. Understanding this influence allows us to actively craft an environment that makes a broad range of people feel welcome in computing.

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How Does Combating Overt Sexism Affect Women's Retention?

Sexism has measurably harmful effects, but sexist behavior can be minimized. Instructors and supervisors can practice zero tolerance and facilitate positive peer interactions, and they can provide highly visible leadership, policies, and procedures that go beyond legalities to explicitly denounce sexism.

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NCWIT Tips: 8 Tips for Announcing Your Workforce Diversity Numbers

Releasing the diversity demographics of your technical workforce is important for stimulating open conversation and measuring efforts to increase diversity in your organization. These tips will help you plan the release of this data and take follow-up steps to implement meaningful change efforts toward increasing diversity.

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