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NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a 501(c)(3)* coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.
Building a Learning Community for Member Institutions
NCWIT serves as a learning community of member institutions working toward reform, providing the infrastructure for members to pilot, collaborate, scale, and innovate. By collaborating with member organizations, organized into Alliance, NCWIT serves as a learning community that works toward reform across the full education and career spectrum.
The K-12 Alliance uses its enormous reach to improve the image of computing and the teaching of foundational computing skills. The Academic Alliance brings together a diverse range of colleges and universities to implement institutional change in higher education. The Workforce Alliance leads NCWIT’s efforts in corporate organizational reform. The Entrepreneurial Alliance works with young companies to establish diversity at the start. The Social Science Advisory Board provides NCWIT Alliances with evaluation and research foundations.
A National Center for Research, Data and Resources
NCWIT provides a clearinghouse of evidence-based resources relevant to girls, women, technology and computing that are easy-to-use and free, including statistics, research reports, practices, curriculum materials, comprehensive toolkits, posters, workbooks, talking points, webinars, and videos. NCWIT identifies and disseminates practices proven effective in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of girls and women in IT and computing. NCWIT aggregates and publishes data and research findings targeted at specific audiences, and we conduct and encourage primary research in areas where there are knowledge gaps. NCWIT research-backed resources provide the tools for people to implement change, raise awareness, and reach out to critical populations.
A United, Amplified Voice
NCWIT serves as a united, amplified voice for the increased participation of girls and women in technology and computing. NCWIT campaigns support training for school guidance counselors, policy reform in K-12 computing education, improving the image of women in computing, outreach to underrepresented groups, innovative approaches to change, and increased awareness of diversity and women’s contributions. NCWIT award programs encourage high school girls to pursue a computing career, reward effective post-secondary recruitment and retention projects, and shine a spotlight on the successes of entrepreneurial women. Together, we can make a bigger difference sooner than if each organization acted alone.
- Ruthe Farmer
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