Examples Best (and Promising) Practices:
Listed below is a compilation of resources relevant to CAITE's mission: guides, workbooks, ideas, and various other ways to improve and increase the participation of women and minorities in computer science and IT.
ACM Computing Careers Website
Access at http://computingcareers.acm.org/
*The goal of this web site is to provide additional details that will help you prepare for a career in computing. This site can help you decide how to develop the skills you need to be successful in a computing career through stories about real people in real jobs.
Anita Borg Institute Systers mailing list
Access at http://anitaborg.org/initiatives/systers/
*Systers is the world’s largest email community of technical women in computing. It was founded by Anita Borg in 1987 as a small electronic mailing list for women in “systems”. Today, Systers broadly promotes the interests of women in the computing and technology fields. Anita created Systers to “increas[e] the number of women in computer science and mak[e] the environments in which women work more conducive to their continued participation in the field.”
Anita Borg Institute TechLeaders workshops
Access at http://anitaborg.org/initiatives/techleaders/
*TechLeaders brings together elite networks of women from industry, academia, and government. Annual gatherings and regional workshops explore the future of technology and develop technical women’s leadership skills, networks, and provides resources to help them navigate all stages of their careers.
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
Access from http://caise.insci.org/
*The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) was founded in 2007 with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). They work to strengthen and connect the informal science education community by catalyzing conversation and collaboration across the entire field. CAISE focuses its work on improving informal science education practice, documenting evidence of impact, and communicating the contributions of informal science education.
Access from http://caite.info/news/calendar.html
*The CAITE calendar marks upcoming events related to women and minorities in computing/IT.
Access from http://caite.info/news/index.html
*A list of upcoming events related to women and minorities in computing/IT (includes links to websites).
CITI K12 Events
Access from http://www.citi.mass.edu/k-12/spotlight.html
*This site highlights previous events that for K12 students that demonstred their skills in technology.
CITI K12 Resources
Access from http://www.citi.mass.edu/k-12/resources.html
*PDFs of sample evaluation documents for K12 programs.
CMU Creative Technology Nights
Access at http://women.cs.cmu.edu/technights/
*Carnegie Melon's list of "creative technology" events.
CMU CS Roadshow
Access at http://women.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/
*This is a presentation by a group of women undergrads and grads in the Carnegie Mellon CS school who talk about their early thoughts on computer science, why/how they began studying in the field, their current experiences, what computer science means to them now, and their future hopes and expectations.
The CMU Ada Project
Access at http://women.cs.cmu.edu/ada/
*The Ada Project (TAP) is a clearinghouse for information and resources related to women in computing. TAP serves primarily as a collection of links to other online resources, rather than as an archive. TAP includes information on conferences, projects, disucssion groups and organizations, fellowships and grants, notable women in Computer Science, and other electronically accessible sites. The goal of TAP is to provide a central location through which these resources can be "tapped."
Access at http://www.systers.org/mailman/listinfo/professhers
*ProfessHers is a moderated mailing list for women faculty members in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology to informally discuss issues related to their jobs and being successful in their careers.
Access at http://cra-w.org/Sisters.html
*Sisters-mentoring (previously known as sisters-academia) is a moderated mailing list to provide mentoring to Ph.D. students and faculty members (particularly junior faculty) in computer science, computer engineering, or information technology to assist them in being more successful in academic research careers.
CRA-W Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Women in Computer Science and Engineering
Access at http://www.cra-w.org/best_practices.html
*This highly focused workshop brings together individuals with experience in retaining women students in CSE. The goal: to summarize the most effective programs in the nation, and offer a report to university department chairs, outlining steps they can take to better ensure the success of their female students.
CRA Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Access at https://parasol.tamu.edu/dreu/
*The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. This highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women and underrepresented groups with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution.
Enhancing Education in Graduate Education
*The EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) was launched in 1998 by Bryn Mawr and Spelman Colleges, with the goal of strengthening the ability of women students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences, with particular inclusion of women from minority groups. Regional mentoring clusters address the need for continued mentoring for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty.
Grace Hopper Conference
Access at http://gracehopper.org
*The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research, and engineering.
IBP: Institute for Broadening Participation
Access at: http://www.ibparticipation.org/index.asp
*IBParticipation.org is a portal website supporting pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on connecting traditionally underrepresented groups with STEM programs and resources, including funding and mentoring opportunities.
International Society for Technology in Education
Access at http://www.iste.org/
*The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.
*JuniorTech provides students a way of learning about career paths and opportunities in STEM. Students meet professionals and educators during our hands-on STEM workshops who discuss career paths. Each professional provides his or her own advice on studying and pursuing a career in a STEM field. Junior Tech also provides an informal intern program.
Access at http://www.mentornet.net/
*MentorNet is the award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network that positively affects the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields. Founded in 1997, MentorNet provides highly motivated protégés from many of the world's top colleges and universities with positive, one-on-one, email-based mentoring relationships with mentors from industry, government, and higher education.
National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, & Science
Access at http://www.iwitts.com/
*IWITTS provides the tools to successfully integrate women into male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via our training, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects. We work nationally and our audience includes educational institutions, police departments, employers, and women and girls themselves.
National Women of Color Technology Awards Conference
Access at: http://www.ccgmag.com/woc/index.php
*The Women of Color Science, Technology, engineering and Math (STEM) Conference has been the conference of choice to recognize the significant accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and attract and leverage talent in innovative, professional, and technical positions. A leading, high-level meeting of minority women in information technology, computer science, information science, bioinformatics, digital arts, and system, the Women of Color STEM Conference is the place to connect with the key issues in U.S. job growth diversity, the critical shortage of women in IT careers, technological innovation, and women-owned IT ventures.
NCWIT Computing Workshops and Camps Resources
Access at http://www.ncwit.org/resources/offer-computing-workshops-and-camps-they-benefit-both-students-and-teachers-who-offer-them
*Source for computer science teachers that offers ideas for partnering, existing curriculum, and materials for implementation. The curriculum offered can be used in many settings other than camps or workshops and could be used by community partners as well.
NCWIT Post-Secondary Education Practices
Access at http://www.chezharper.com/ncwit/practices.post.html
*A list of resources provided by NCWIT describing education practices, including case studies, catalogues, and more.
NCWIT Mentoring-in-a-Box: Industry
Access at http://www.ww2.ncwit.org/resources.res.box.industry.html
*Mentoring-in-a-Box: Technical Women at Work will help you start and sustain a purposeful and rewarding mentoring relationship. Informed by research from academic and business literature and by conversations with mentoring experts in the field, Mentoring-in-a-Box: Technical Women at Work offers activities, resources, and tools to support a mentoring pair, presented in an easy-to-use format.
NCWIT Mentoring-in-a-Box: Faculty
Access at http://www.ww2.ncwit.org/resources.res.box.faculty.html
*Women in scientific disciplines face challenges that range from institutionalized bias to differences in communication styles and a lack of female role models. NCWIT's Mentoring-in-a-Box: Women Faculty in Computing is designed to address the challenges of the computer science faculty experience. When you are ready to mentor someone, Mentoring-in-a-Box: Women Faculty in Computing supports your efforts by supplying practical activities, resources, and templates you and your mentee can use right away.
NCWIT Examples of Systemic Change Initiatives
Access at http://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/legacy/pdf/Systemic_Change_Model.pdf
*NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs supports undergraduate computing departments in their efforts to reenginer their programs and create diversity.
Access at http://www.ww2.ncwit.org/resources.res.box.outreach.html
*Many professionals in IT provide service to their community through youth education. They've made it easy for you to help introduce middle-school students to the world of computing. Outreach-in-a-Box includes everything you need to prepare for and deliver an engaging class presentation at a local middle school -- including a presentation, hands-on robotics activity, and program guide for how to use the materials. All of the materials are available for download in the links below. (You will generally use them in the sequence shown.)
NCWIT Workplace Practices
Access at http://www.ww2.ncwit.org/resources.res.practices.php
*List of practices that include helpful case studies.
Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing
Access at http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/ocwic/
*OCWIC is a low cost, regionally-tailored, professional conference, modeled after the international Grace Hopper Celebration. The goal of the conference is to provide social and professional support for women in computing. The program features highly successful technical women and provides opportunities for networking. Research indicates that such events provide attendees with access to role models, and solidifies their career goals.
Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
Access at http://tapiaconference.org
*The Tapia Celebration provides a supportive networking environment for underrepresented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.
UMass IT Program
Access at http://www.umass.edu/itprogram/index.html
*Official site for the UMass IT program, which includes information about the IT minor, courses, and events.
University of Maryland Baltimore County Center for Women in Information Technology High School Programs
Access at http://www.cwit.umbc.edu/hs/teachers/
*The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), established at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in July 1998, is dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women's full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). Women's participation in IT will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that information technology addresses women's needs and expands the possibilities for their lives.
Women Employed – Careers in Information Technology
Download at http://www.womenemployed.org/docs/WE_Final_booklet.pdf
*This is a .pdf file that describes everything a woman needs to know about being employed in the field of Information Technology. It gives information about what IT is, what careers you can have, and much more.