Agenda

Following is a high-level agenda of 2018 NCWIT Summit events.

Please note that badges are required at all Summit events.

Learn from Experts
Convene
Take Action
Celebrate

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Summit Events

Time Event Location
7:30AM - 6:00PM

Registration I

Check in, pick up swag and resources, and join the conversation in more ways than one.

Texas Ballroom Foyer
Convene
8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast I

Breakfast is available for attendees with meetings beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Longhorn D
Convene
9:00AM - 2:45PM

EngageIT Meeting

(for EngageIT project team members only) Project Advisory Board members, Faculty Cohorts, and EngageIT staff will meet to discuss the project.

EngageIT is an NSF IUSE community college professional development and research project.

A group lunch for Pacesetters, EngageIT, and Extension Services participants will be provided from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Grapevine 5
Convene
9:00AM - 2:30PM

Pacesetters Cohort Meeting

Join this exploratory meeting to learn about the program expectations, hear about new toolsets, and meet your 2018-2020 cohort peers. A group lunch for Pacesetters, EngageIT, and Extension Services participants will be provided from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Then, you will also participate in the Pacesetters Community Meeting from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for a networking hour with Pacesetters from the 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2018 cohorts.

Grapevine 3+4
Convene
9:00AM - 10:15AM

Extension Services (ES) Consultants Meeting

(for ES staff and consultants only) This meeting will be followed by a 15-minute break before the Extension Services (ES) Clients, Guides, Consultants, and Staff Meeting commences.

A group lunch for Pacesetters, EngageIT, and Extension Services participants will be provided from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Grapevine 1+2
Convene
9:30AM - 1:30PM

Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

(for BOD members only) Members meet to provide corporate governance, strategic advice, and development assistance.

Dallas 2
Convene
10:30AM - 2:30PM

Extension Services (ES) Clients, Guides, Consultants, and Staff Meeting

(for ES clients currently working with an ES consultant only) Participants will engage in dialogues regarding the ES philosophy, effective recruitment and retention strategies, and how to track and utilize institutional and departmental data. Clients, consultants, and guides will have the opportunity for small group conversations.

A group lunch for Pacesetters, EngageIT, and Extension Services participants will be provided from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Grapevine 1+2
Convene
1:30PM - 2:30PM

Pacesetters Community Meeting

Pacesetters from all cohorts, past and present, make up a critical community of practice with 70 academic and corporate organizations. Join this informal networking hour to greet and reconnect with your peers in the program as we launch a new national Pacesetters Community.

Grapevine 3+4
Convene
2:00PM - 3:00PM

AiC Collegiate Award Recipient Orientation

(for students who are Collegiate Award recipients only) Students will gather for a Summit overview and orientation. They will discuss their personal, academic, and professional expectations, as well as goals for the Summit.

Grapevine 6
Convene
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Change Leader Scholar Orientation

(for students who are Change Leader Scholars) Students will gather for a Summit overview and orientation. They will discuss their personal, academic, and professional expectations, as well as goals for the Summit.

Grapevine 6
Convene
3:00PM - 4:00PM

K-12 Alliance Meeting

(for K-12 Alliance member representatives and invited guests only) View the detailed agenda at www.ncwit.org/18K12Meeting.

Learn how Summit breakouts map to Systemic Change Models.

Grapevine 1+2
Convene
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Academic Alliance (AA) Meeting

(for AA member representatives and invited guests only) View the detailed agenda at www.ncwit.org/18AAMeeting.

Learn how Summit breakouts map to Systemic Change Models.

Texas Ballroom D
Convene
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Workforce & Entrepreneurial Alliances (WA & EA) Meeting

(for WA and EA member representatives and invited guests only) View the detailed agenda at www.ncwit.org/18WAEAMeeting.

Learn how Summit breakouts map to Systemic Change Models.

Texas Ballroom C
4:00PM - 4:30PM

Break and Move

Make your way to the opening plenary.

Learn from Experts
4:30PM - 6:00PM

Plenary I: The Joanne Cohoon Memorial Plenary

Summit Welcome

NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders officially welcomes attendees to the 2018 NCWIT Summit.

Pioneer in Tech Award

Please join us as we honor the 2018 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award Recipients Lorinda Cherry and Evi Nemeth.
 
presented by Terry Morreale, President and CTO, NCWIT; and Lucy Sanders

Collegiate Award

Get inspired as we celebrate the recipients of the 2018 NCWIT Collegiate Award for their technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.

presented by Vicki Mealer-Burke, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Qualcomm; and Janice Zdankus, Vice President, Quality, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Plenary I: #MeToo, Men & Tech: Possibilities & Perils in a Time of Change

introduction by Bobby Schnabel, Professor, Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder
 
Jackson Katz, PhD, Director, MVP Strategies
 
Drawing on his extensive research and activism addressing issues of sexual harassment and gender violence, Dr. Katz will examine some of the cultural dynamics that contribute to these problems and will also identify how more subtle forms of gender, race, and class inequities affect important power dynamics and the ability to make change. He will specifically reflect on recent developments and societal reactions to these issues in the tech industry, and offer practical ways everyone, especially men, can work toward change.
 
Related Resource(s):
 

Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award

Given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, we are proud to honor Dr. Maria Gini, an exemplary faculty member in graduate mentoring.
 
presented by Rose Schooler, Vice President and GM, Internet of Things Group Sales, Intel Corporation
Texas Ballroom A+B
6:00PM - 6:30PM

Break and Move

Walk/Shuttle your way to the reception.

Celebrate
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Networking Reception

Please join us for a reception with members of the NCWIT community and invited guests.
 
We would like to give a huge thanks to 2018 NCWIT Summit Sponsors Anchor Point Foundation, Autodesk, Johnson & Johnson, Palo Alto Networks, and PNC.
Glass Cactus

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Summit Events

Time Event Location
7:30AM - 6:00PM

Registration II

Check in, pick up swag and resources, and join the conversation in more ways than one.

Texas Ballroom Foyer
Convene
8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast II

Join other attendees bright and early for breakfast.
Longhorn D
Convene
9:00AM - 1:00PM

K-12 Alliance Meeting

(for K-12 Alliance member representatives and invited guests only) View the detailed agenda at www.ncwit.org/18K12Meeting.

Learn how Summit breakouts map to Systemic Change Models.

San Antonio 4-6
Convene
9:00AM - 1:00PM

Academic Alliance Meeting

(for AA member representatives and invited guests only) View the detailed agenda at www.ncwit.org/18AAMeeting.

Learn how Summit breakouts map to Systemic Change Models.

Texas Ballroom D
Convene
9:00AM - 1:00PM

Workforce & Entrepreneurial Alliance Meeting

(for WA and EA member representatives and invited guests only) View the detailed agenda at www.ncwit.org/18WAEAMeeting.

Learn how Summit breakouts map to Systemic Change Models.

Texas Ballroom C
Convene
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Networking Lunch

Refuel, and get ready for more engaging conversation with fellow attendees.
Longhorn D
Learn from Experts
2:00PM - 3:45PM

Plenary II

Surging Enrollment Seed Fund

Honor recipients of this inaugural seed fund who will develop and test approaches to increasing diversity of incoming computing students, despite the enrollment surge.

presented by Renee Wittemyer, Sr. Lead for Tech Innovation, Program Strategy, Executive Office of Melinda Gates

with a special video message from Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a passionate supporter for women in tech

Academic Alliance (AA) Seed Fund

Learn about the recruitment and retention projects of the February 2018 AA Seed Fund recipients.
 
presented by Donald Kossmann, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Microsoft Research, Redmond Lab
 

Plenary II: Pink Brain, Blue Brain: What's the Real Story When It Comes To "Gender Differences"

 
introduction by Jeff Forbes, Associate Professor of the Practice of CS at Duke and Expert at NSF
 
Lise Eliot, Professor of Neuroscience, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
 
The so-called “debate” about sex differences made waves again this year, especially in the popular discourse around women and tech. Dr. Eliot will challenge some of these long-standing myths, providing a precise overview of the research into these differences and clarifying oft-misunderstood findings. She will also offer practical advice for educators, employers, and families so that we can close the troubling gaps between boys and girls, find more intersectional solutions, and help all children grow to reach their full potential.
 
Related Resource(s):
 

National Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award

Celebrate National AiC Educator Award Recipient Jeff Solin, in the spirit of formal and informal educators who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits.

presented by Misty II, Personal Office and Home Assistant, Misty Robotics

Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) Award

Acknowledge the latest URM Award recipients who use their high-quality research opportunities as a way to more actively engage students.

presented by Rachel Kutz, VP-Strategic Initiatives-Global Supply Chain, AT&T

Texas Ballroom A+B
3:45PM - 4:00PM

Break and Move

Make your way to a breakout session.
4:00PM - 5:30PM

60 and 90 Minute Breakouts

We are offering a multitude of sessions for deeper discussion and collaboration so that you feel inspired and prepared to make change after the Summit is over.
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:00PM

*60 Minute Interactive Workshop - #MeToo, Men & Tech: Possibilities & Perils in a Time of Change: Katz Plenary Debrief

*This workshop will be 60 minutes.

Still thinking about the issues raised in Jackson Katz’s plenary and want to discuss more with fellow attendees? Want to explore how to take action and apply some of these ideas to your specific context? Come join Dr. Brenda Allen who will facilitate this session, helping attendees delve further into these issues and translate key learnings into concrete strategies for making a difference.
 
San Antonio 4-6
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Building Your Diversity Toolkit

As our institutions focus on diversifying our campuses and workplaces, one of the questions we need to ask as we "build our diversity toolkit" is how can our program, department, or institution better model an inclusive environment that attracts a diverse body? Though we will think broadly across diversity and inclusivity, we focus specifically on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality to identify barriers that disrupt building an inclusive climate, and explore ideas and practices on how to sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion, even in the midst of difficult moments.
 
Dallas 5
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - What Would You Say If... Helping Change Leaders Respond to Microaggressions, Bias, and Other Nonsense

In this hands-on workshop, learn practical strategies for what you can do, as a change leader to make your classroom, workplace, or program more inclusive.
 
Texas Ballroom C
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Reaching Rural and Remote Areas Bit by Bit! How to Connect Rural Populations With Resources and Opportunities for Computing Education

Learn how to engage rural areas in your state and region and reach underrepresented populations in tech. Dr. Shalini Kesar of Southern Utah University has led one of the largest NCWIT Award for AiC Affiliates for the past 5 years, recognizing 93 award recipients in 2017 – more than any other Affiliate in the nation! Although Southern Utah is not seen as a tech hub, Dr. Kesar has found success by engaging all parts of their community, including educators, parents, local businesses, clubs, and after-school activities in an effort to promote more women in tech.
 
Dallas 3+4
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - How Can the Physical Environment Increase Inclusiveness?

In this interactive workshop, we will begin with the social science research showing that the physical environment of your department, lab or office, is an important influencer of whether or not people feel that they belong in computing or not. Next, we will consider what changes can be made in décor and physical setup to set the stage for a more inclusive culture and how to make other other changes to culture to create a more inclusive environment. Bring your photos, ideas, and questions.
 
San Antonio 5
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Improve Your CS/IT Program’s Culture: An Academic Alliance “Living Resource” Workshop

Explore with other Academic Alliance members strategies for improving your department’s climate for inclusion and diversity in three key areas: 1) effective and inclusive faculty hiring, 2) improving student culture, and 3) improving physical spaces. Our exploration of each initiative will include 1) a review of relevant NCWIT resource(s), 2) presentations of "living" case studies by Drs. Camp, Fizzano, and Paxton, and 3) break-out work sessions where participants will consider their own institutions’ situations against the backdrop of the presentations to suggest improvements and updates to the target resources.
 
Del Rio 3
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Just Because You Always Hear It, Doesn’t Mean It’s True: Applying NCWIT’s Critical Listening Guide

To cultivate interconnected, inclusive teams, change leaders need to recognize and celebrate diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This jiffy listening skills tune-up session uses active exploration of inclusion and diversity concepts to help participants evaluate problematic statements and practice the skills that will help them intervene. Using a hands-on version of NCWIT’s Critical Listening Guide, participants will recognize, describe, and analyze instances of implicit bias and practice responses to exclusionary language.
 
San Antonio 3
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Ensuring Engagement and Relevance in Black Communities: From Kindergarten to Workplace

How can race impact people’s willingness to engage in K-12 through workplace? This session will include small group discussions focused on particular NCWIT resources, as well as a facilitated conversation about engaging with Black communities in increasing the meaningful representation of women in computing. If you have prior experience or no experience, let’s come together to discuss the challenges, obstacles, and rewards for intentional cross-race dialogue in school, college, and the workplace.
 
San Antonio 6
Learn from Experts
4:00PM - 5:30PM

90 Minute Mini-Plenary - Using Data Science to Accelerate Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

In her presentation, Dr. Basu will combine two of her passions – data science and working for social good — to illustrate how advanced analytics can help drive Diversity & Inclusion. Sarmila will draw on her work to show how data science (predictive modeling in particular) can help identify students or employees facing conditions that increase the likelihood of attrition, and how early intervention can help increase graduation or retention rates. She will also discuss how data science can be used to detect subtle biases and implement processes to address these biases and improve retention.

San Antonio 1+2
Take Action
4:00PM - 5:00PM

*60 Minute Interactive Workshop - Pink Brain, Blue Brain: Eliot Plenary Debrief

*This workshop will be 60 minutes.

Still thinking about the issues raised in Lise Eliot’s plenary and want to discuss more with fellow attendees? Want to explore how to take action and apply some of these ideas to your specific context? Come join Dr. Lise Eliot who will facilitate this session, helping attendees delve further into these issues and translate key learnings into concrete strategies for making a difference.

Dallas 2
Celebrate
5:30PM - 6:30PM

Wine and Cheese Happy Hour

Please join us for a Happy Hour with members of the NCWIT community and invited guests.
 
We would like to give a huge thanks to 2018 NCWIT Summit Sponsors Anchor Point Foundation, Autodesk, Johnson & Johnson, Palo Alto Networks, and PNC.
Texas Ballroom Foyer

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Summit Events

Time Event Location
7:45AM - 4:00PM

Registration III

Check in, pick up swag and resources, and join the conversation in more ways than one.

Texas Ballroom Foyer
Convene
8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast III

Join other attendees bright and early for breakfast before the 90 Minute Breakout Sessions.
Longhorn D
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Breakouts

We are offering a multitude of sessions for deeper discussion and collaboration so that you feel inspired and prepared to make change after the Summit is over.

Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Building Your Diversity Toolkit

As our institutions focus on diversifying our campuses and workplaces, one of the questions we need to ask as we "build our diversity toolkit" is how can our program, department, or institution better model an inclusive environment that attracts a diverse body? Though we will think broadly across diversity and inclusivity, we focus specifically on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality to identify barriers that disrupt building an inclusive climate, and explore ideas and practices on how to sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion, even in the midst of difficult moments.
 
Dallas 5
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Let's Talk R&R: Expert Advice on Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention

Do you have questions about how to increase the representation of women in your undergraduate computing program? Come to this session for personalized advice from our experienced NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs consultants.
 
Texas Ballroom C
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Keeping the ALL in CSforALL

The movement to build computer science education for the U.S. is well under way, with new states, districts, and providers joining every day. As the institutionalization of CS progresses in our communities, ensuring that the CS programs are truly inclusive of girls and underrepresented students at the foundation is more critical than ever. During this workshop, we will discuss and devise strategies for leveraging the expertise, resources, and footprint of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance to facilitate implementation of inclusive CS education and how NCWIT members can act as inclusion ambassadors in their communities./div>
 
Dallas 3+4
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - What's the Formula for Understanding and Improving Student Motivation?

Ideally, efforts by faculty, staff, and administration to improve instruction and student learning would be guided by motivation theory and research. However, understanding this substantial body of knowledge can be time consuming and daunting. In this workshop, Dr. Kenn Barron from the Motivation Research Institute at James Madison University will cut through the complexity to provide a single, unifying formula that pinpoints the major sources of student motivation. You will learn how evidence-based practices that promote each source of motivation can be applied to your own teaching, courses, and programs to create conditions in which all students can thrive. Finally, you will learn about the importance of assessing student motivation to guide and evaluate your efforts.
 
San Antonio 1+2
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Just Because You Always Hear It, Doesn’t Mean It’s True

To cultivate interconnected, inclusive teams, change leaders need to recognize and celebrate diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This jiffy listening skills tune-up session uses active exploration of inclusion and diversity concepts to help participants evaluate problematic statements and practice the skills that will help them intervene. Using a hands-on version of NCWIT’s critical listening guide, participants will recognize, describe, and analyze instances of implicit bias and practice responses to exclusionary language.
 
San Antonio 3
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - How to Make Your Corporate Diversity Programs Count

You will leave this workshop having learned simple methods for thoughtfully measuring the impact of corporate diversity programs, how to build a community of practice in your company, and next steps for how you will measure your initiatives. Participants will also have a chance to share experiences, successes and challenges.
 
San Antonio 5
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Strengthening 2- to 4-Year Transfer Pathways: Implications for Broadening Participation

Millions of students start at community colleges each year, most of whom hope to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree, yet less than 15% are successful in doing so, including <0.2% in computer science. This workshop will apply recent findings from national research on highly-effective transfer partnerships between community college universities to explore how college, university, industry, and community leaders can better harness the talents of community college students.
 
San Antonio 4
Take Action
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Interactive Workshop - Avatars, Agency, and STEM Identity Development in Computer Science Education

Fostering critical computational literacy requires attention to students learning computer science content, agency development, as well as identity formation as STEM learners and practitioners. In this interactive workshop we consider what factors contribute to successfully doing this in computer-based learning environments. As part of this, we share current research on avatars and computer-based learning, discuss results from workshops we ran with secondary level students, and engage participants in activities and discussion.
 
Del Rio 3
Learn from Experts
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Mini-Plenary - Communication Made Easy

We explore the technique of active listening through experiential exercises. You will learn how quickly you are able to keep track of details when your vision is not a distraction and how this learning can help you create more inclusive work and learning environments for students and employees with visual impairments.
 
Dallas 2
Learn from Experts
9:00AM - 10:30AM

90 Minute Mini-Plenary - Reducing Gender Bias in Machine Learning Systems

Data-driven machine learning methods for recognizing objects and concepts from complex data such as images and text have made great progress in recent years. This session will explore the ways in which some of the systems are encoding and reinforcing societal biases in their predictions, and ways to successfully reduce these biases.

San Antonio 6
10:30AM - 11:00AM

Break and Move

Make your way to the closing plenary.

Learn from Experts
11:00AM - 12:30PM

Plenary III

TECHNOLOchicas 3.0

Meet the TECHNOLOchicas 3.0, and learn about this ongoing initiative to raises awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology.
 
presented by Jannie Fernandez, K-12 Alliance & TECHNOLOchicas Manager, NCWIT
 

Plenary III: The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour

introduction by Daron Green, Director, Research Operations and Academic Relations, Facebook
 
W. Kamau Bell, Socio-Political Comedian
 
Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and host of the hit Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series, “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.” Before “United Shades,” Kamau was best known for his critically acclaimed – FX comedy series – Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Kamau is proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice, although he is also pretty upset that they did not give him a badge.
 
Related Resource(s):
 

Reel WiT Award

We will celebrate the 2018 winner of the Reel Women in Technology (WiT) Award, Ariana Richards, internationally noted artist and actress, known especially for her role as “Lex” in Jurassic Park. This award recognizes the best portrayal of leading women in technology from a program (e.g., documentary, tv show, film, YouTube, etc.) who serve as role models for girls and women with computing aspirations while disrupting the stereotypes of women in technology.

presented by Yvonne Melton, Program Manager, Computer Science Education, Google
Texas Ballroom A+B
Convene
12:30PM - 1:30PM

AiC Collegiate Award Recipient and Change Leader Scholar Debrief

(for students who are Change Leader Scholars or Collegiate Award recipients only) Students will gather to share their Summit experiences.

A boxed lunch is available for K-12 Executive Council members; AiC affiliate coordinators, team members, and community members; SSAB members; Change Leader scholars; and Collegiate Award recipients.

San Antonio 6
Convene
1:00PM - 2:00PM

K-12 Executive Council Debrief

(K-12 Executive Council members only) The K-12 Executive Council will meet to determine action items and next steps.

A boxed lunch is available for K-12 Executive Council members; AiC affiliate coordinators, team members, and community members; SSAB members; Change Leader scholars; and Collegiate Award recipients.

San Antonio 4
Convene
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Social Science Advisory Board (SSAB) Meeting

(for SSAB members only) Members of the Social Science Advisory Board (SSAB) provide guidance based on their knowledge of research and theory at the intersection of women and computing. The board will draw on relevant research to discuss NCWIT programs and platforms in relation to larger social trends.

A boxed lunch is available for K-12 Executive Council members; AiC affiliate coordinators, team members, and community members; SSAB members; Change Leader scholars; and Collegiate Award recipients.

Dallas 5
Convene
1:00PM - 6:00PM

Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Meeting

(for AiC affiliate coordinators and team members only) AiC participants meet to discuss milestones, design strategy for expansion and outreach, plan future goals, and set outcomes for all components of the AiC program.

A boxed lunch is available for K-12 Executive Council members; AiC affiliate coordinators, team members, and community members; SSAB members; Change Leader scholars; and Collegiate Award recipients.

San Antonio 1-3