Agenda

Following is a high-level agenda of 2019 NCWIT Summit events.

Please note that badges are required at all Summit events.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

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.

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast I

Breakfast is available for attendees with meetings beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14.

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Pacesetters Meeting

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

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Extension Services (ES) Meeting

(for ES staff and consultants only)

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

10:30AM - 2:30PM

Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

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

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Break

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

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

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Academic Alliance (AA) Meeting I

(for AA member representatives and invited guests only)

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Workforce Alliance (WA) Meeting I

(for WA member representatives and invited guests only)

3:00PM - 4:00PM

K-12 Alliance Meeting I

(for K-12 Alliance member representatives and invited guests only)

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.

4:00PM - 4:30PM

Break and Move

Make your way to the opening plenary.

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 2019 NCWIT Summit.

Pioneer in Tech Award

Please join us as we honor the 2019 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award Recipient Lynn Conway.

Plenary I: Capturing the Real Value of Diversity: A Close Look at Gender

Katherine Phillips, Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character in the Faculty of Business and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School
 
What are the benefits of diversity in teams? Twenty years of research examining the performance, feelings of confidence, and efficacy of diverse and homogeneous teams highlights the inherent tension that exists in diverse environments – diverse teams perform better, but they have less confidence and efficacy than homogeneous teams. How might we move forward knowing that this inherent tension is actually the source of the real value of diversity? How can individuals build relationships across boundaries and influence organizational cultures to create environments that are conducive to capturing diversity’s potential benefits? Application of this work to women and men in STEM fields will be considered.
6:00PM - 7:00PM

Happy Hour

Please join us for a Happy Hour with members of the NCWIT community and invited guests.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

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.

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Breakfast II

Join other attendees bright and early for breakfast.

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Plenary II

Seeing the Racial Water

Robin DiAngelo, Affiliate Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington
 
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable, as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.
10:30AM - 10:45AM

Break and Move

Make your way to the Alliance meetings.

10:45AM - 3:30PM

Academic Alliance (AA) Meeting II

(for AA member representatives and invited guests only)

10:45AM - 3:30PM

Workforce Alliance (WA) Meeting II

(for WA member representatives and invited guests only)

10:45AM - 3:30PM

K-12 Alliance Meeting II

(for K-12 Alliance member representatives and invited guests only)

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

Refuel, and get ready for more engaging conversation with fellow attendees.

3:30PM - 4:00PM

Break and Move

Make your way to a breakout session.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

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.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop - Modern Figures Podcast: The Importance of Visibility, Inspiration, and Aspiration

The January 2019 launch of Modern Figures Podcast -- a collaborative effort between NCWIT and the Institute for African American Mentoring in the Computing Sciences (IAAMCS) -- created a new platform to elevate the voices of Black women in tech. In addition, the series serves as an informal strategy for increasing the encouragement and engagement of women and girls of color in computing. This session brings together the co-hosts of the podcast to discuss the development of the show, and how this effort plays a role in continued programming and initiatives around women and girls in computing.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Plenary Debrief - Seeing the Racial Water: Robin DiAngelo

Still thinking about the issues raised in Robin DiAngelo'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.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Plenary Debrief - Benefits of Diverse Teams: Katherine Phillips

Still thinking about the issues raised in Katherine Phillip'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? This session will help attendees delve further into these issues and translate key learnings into concrete strategies for making a difference.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop - Meaningful Inclusion of All Students in Computer Science Education Through the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework

Across the nation, school districts are providing K-12 CS instruction in inclusive educational settings that include students who are with or without disabilities. These initiatives require teachers to be able to teach computer science within classrooms with a great deal of learner variability. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the types of barriers and challenges that many students face during CS instruction, as well as how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework can be used to address those barriers and challenges. Example projects, lesson plans, and teacher implementation strategies will be shared.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop - How to Start Measuring Corporate Diversity Efforts

Attendees will leave this workshop having learned practical steps to begin measuring the impact of corporate diversity efforts. Participants will also have a chance to share experiences, successes, and challenges that they can incorporate into their measurement strategy.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop - Why Can’t You Take a Joke? Melting the Snowflake Myth Around Language and Identity

Description coming soon.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop - Male (or "Majority-Group") Allies for Inclusion in Academic Contexts

Male allies and other “majority-group” advocates for inclusion are critical to efforts aimed at closing gender, racial, and other gaps in tech workforces and educational environments. This session will highlight an example of a successful program at Indiana University, modeled on work initially done through the NSF Advance program at North Dakota State University. Advocates and Allies for Equity (AAE), a group of male faculty at IU Bloomington, working as an auxiliary to the Center of Excellence for Women & Technology (CEWiT), interfaces primarily with other men to promote and support efforts toward gender equity. Advocates organize faculty and graduate student workshops that aim to raise awareness about implicit biases and actionable skills to promote equity. Learning goals for participants include: 1) an introduction to and understanding of relevant data, concepts, and literature related to gender inequity, including unconscious bias and privilege and 2) access to resources to assist with personal development, positive action, and sharing with others. This session will provide a sample of an interactive workshop, and help attendees understand the nuts and bolts of how the program works.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop - Finding a Home for CS in Schools of Education

Though multiple states now have CS certifications available for teachers, only a fraction have educational pathways to qualify for certification. This workshop will leverage the NSF-supported report, "Priming the Computer Teacher Pump: Recommendations for CS Education in Schools of Education" (released April 2018), to equip Academic Alliance member representatives with tools to partner with schools of education in creating rigorous pathways to support pre-service teacher development and master teacher coursework. The report was produced as a collaboration between CS education leaders and leverages input from 34 institutes of education from 17 states. The workshop will review report recommendations, then engage participants in an interactive activity to create action steps for engaging schools of education at their institution.

5:30PM - 6:00PM

Travel to Off-site Reception

Make your way to the Community Reception.

6:00PM - 9:00PM

Community Reception

Please join us for a reception with members of the NCWIT community and invited guests.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Summit Events

Time Event Location
7:00AM - 12:00PM

Registration III

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

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast III

Join other attendees bright and early for breakfast before the 90 Minute Breakout Sessions.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

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.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Interactive Workshop - Reboot Representation: Recruiting and Retaining Black, Latina, and Native American Women in Computing Degree Programs

How might we double the number of Black, Latina, and Native American women earning computing Bachelor’s degrees by 2025? Reboot Representation, a coalition of leading tech companies that have committed nearly $14M over the next three years towards this goal, wants to hear from you. Everyone from industry professionals, to higher-ed faculty and administrators, to non-profit leaders, to computing students are welcome for a co-creation session to help inform what types of innovative approaches/strategies the coalition may adopt to reach the goal. This effort was catalyzed by the recent publication of a report by Pivotal Ventures (an investment and incubation company started by Melinda Gates) and McKinsey & Co.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Mini-plenary - The Problem-solving Generation

As the world gets more digitalized, it also gets more complex. With operations now on a global scale, educators need to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to thrive in this digitalization environment. Educators need to prepare students to solve problems that have yet to be defined, using technology that has not yet been invented, in roles that continue to shift or do not even exist today. To thrive in this new era, learners will need to master critical skills like problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and the ability to continuously learn. Ultimately, what is needed in education more than anything is a culture shift to align education models with the future that students face.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Interactive Workshop - Thank You for Interrupting: Applying NCWIT Resources to Identify and Interrupt Bias

To develop and support interconnected, inclusive cultures, change leaders need to recognize and celebrate diverse backgrounds and perspectives. In addition, they often must take action when faced with the bias that threatens inclusivity. This interactive workshop uses active exploration of inclusion and diversity concepts to help participants identify and evaluate problematic statements that are indicative of bias, determine the best course of action when witnessing bias, and practice interrupting bias. Using hands-on versions of the NCWIT Critical Listening Guide and Interrupting Bias resources, participants will recognize, describe, and analyze instances of bias and develop and practice responses to it.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Interactive Workshop - Color Bias in the Tech Industry? How Skin Color Can Hinder Diverse Participation in Computing

Achieving equity in the tech industry must be intersectional; yet, understanding the range of intersectional barriers present for underrepresented groups in IT is a critical component to the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and change for women and girls of color at all levels. This workshop will explore skin tone bias or “colorism,” a lesser known, but equally challenging form of bias that can serve as an added barrier for women and girls of color in computing. Session attendees will learn more about the origins and nature of colorism, and examine practical ways to reduce color bias in the tech industry.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Interactive Workshop - Advancing BPC via State-wide CS Education Summits

Building a strong leadership team and a cohesive strategic plan to drive computer science education policy and broaden participation in computing can be overwhelming. What stakeholders, decision makers, and change agents need to be engaged? What does computer science education currently look like in your state? Join the developers of the "Organize: Broadening Participation in Computing State Summit Toolkit" -- Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance and NCWIT -- to learn how state summits can assist your state coordination efforts and drive computer science education policy reform efforts.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Mini-plenary - Intersectionality as a Methodological Tool for Understanding Undergraduate Women of Color’s Experiences as Computing and Engineering Majors

The workshop presents findings from an analysis of educational experiences among undergraduate women of color pursuing computing and engineering majors at a large, predominantly at white four-year universities. Luis draws on data from two projects for the analysis: the first project focused on detailing the construction of mathematics identities among undergraduate college students pursuing majors in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); the second project documented features of undergraduate mathematics instruction that first-year college students perceived as supportive or potentially marginalizing in terms of their mathematics learning and STEM pursuits. In looking across findings specific to women of color from these two projects, this workshop aims to capture the promise of intersectionality as a methodological tool in equity-oriented STEM education research to inform the design of more socially affirming educational opportunities for women of color in undergraduate computing and engineering.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Interactive Workshop - Building Your Diversity Toolkit

In this interactive workshop, participants will practice the skills needed to successfully have conversations about race, steeped in inquiry and respect. Participants will leave with a set of skills to become more fluent in conversations about race, and receive feedback on navigating the most common situations faced.

10:00AM - 10:30AM

Break and Move

Make your way to the closing plenary.

10:30AM - 12:00PM

Plenary III

Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards

Please join us as we recognize the 2019 NCWIT NEXT Award recipients, exemplary academic departments that show significant positive outcomes in women’s enrollment and graduation rates, and have excellent potential for building on these gains.
 

Collegiate Award

Get inspired as we celebrate the recipients of the 2019 NCWIT Collegiate Award for their technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.
12:30PM - 4:00PM

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.

Lunch will be provided for attendees of this meeting.

12:30PM - 4:00PM

Change Leader Debreif

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

Lunch will be provided for attendees of this meeting.