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Partners and Organizations in Computing

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

  • Computing Research Association - Widening Participation - The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.

  • Association for Computing Machinary- Women (ACM-W) - ACM-W is the ACM committee on Women in Computing. It celebrates, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policymakers to improve working and learning environments for women.

  • AISES - American Indian Science and Engineering Society - AISES supports American Indian students in the critically needed disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

    AWIS - AWIS is the Association for Women in Science. They are a non-profit association that works to promote women's activities in all scientific fields, from mentoring to scholarships to job listings.

  • IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) - WIE mission: Inspire, engage, encourage, and empower IEEE women worldwide. WIE vision: A vibrant community of IEEE women and men innovating the world of tomorrow.

  • National Society of Blacks in Computing-  host a conference each year dedicated to creating a safe space for participants to receive mentorship, increase professional networks, enhance social capital, and plan their career trajectories.

  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.

  • Soceity of Hispanic Professional Engineers- changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.

  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science- is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

National Organizations

  • AI4ALL - AI4ALL is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in AI education, research, development, and policy.

  • Anita Borg Institute - The Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world's women.

  • AfroTech

  • Access Computing-  increasing the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields

  • blackcomputeHER- is positioned to be an influential think tank for black women and girls in computing+tech

  • BDPA - Black Data Processing Associates - BDPA is an international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students at all levels in the fields of information technology, computer science and related S.T.E.M fields. Members are actively engaged in serving the community through outreach and charting the future of the IT industry.

  • Blacks in Technology - BIT serves members through community, media and mentorship. They provide resources, guidance and challenge members to establish new standards of innovation.

  • BRAID - “BRAID Schools” under the leadership of their department chairs have committed to implementing a combination of four commitments in efforts to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups — racial/ethnic minorities and women — in their undergraduate CS programs.

  • CMDiT - Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT - Focused on the following under-represented groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities. The center is comprised of corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits.

  • Code2040 - Their mission is to activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy.

  • CSforALL - CSforALL’s mission is to make high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success.

  • CyberPatriots - CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

  • EdTechWomen - EdTechWomen is a network of educators, technologists, and business experts focused on leadership development for women in education technology. Its mission is to create an inclusive community of women and their supporters from all aspects of the education technology industry in order to build and enhance the leadership capacity of women.

  • Gayta Science - The goal is to provide a more empirical lens in which to view the LGBTQ+ community in expanded outlooks, better understanding, and more inclusive policies.

  • Girls Who Code - Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does

  • iAAMCS - Institute for African American Mentoring in Computing Sciences - The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences serves as a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty.

  • Kapor Center - The Kapor Center aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive. They are particularly interested in positive social impacts for communities that have historically been on the periphery of access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States.

  • National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) - NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. NCWIT is the only national organization focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem: K-12 through college education, and academic to corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

  • NOGLSTP - National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Advocacy for equal employment opportunity, professional networking, role modeling, science education, and scientific freedom/responsibility.

  • OSTEM - Assisting in envisioning a tech industry where LGBTQ+ people are empowered, well represented, and have full agency, from intern to CEO.

  • Women of Color in Computing - This project aims to increase the number of women and girls of color pursuing and completing CS degrees, and participating in the tech workforce, entrepreneurship and venture capital.

  • Women in Technology International (WITI) - WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.

  • WSC - Women's Society of Cyberjutsu - WSC is a non-profit community, focused on empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity industry.

Local Organizations

  • BEYA STEM Conference

  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland - Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

  • Girl Scouts of Nation's Capital - Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

  • Sonya Kovalevsky Day - Montgomery College’s Sonya Kovalevsky Program seeks to increase girls’ interest, confidence and competence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

  • Women at NASA - The Women@NASA website was created by the NASA Open Government team in order to encourage transparency, participation, and collaboration and create a new level of openness and accountability at NASA. The Women@NASA project is the perfect opportunity to celebrate women from across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many ways.

  • WIT - Women in Technology - Women in Technology (WIT) has the sole aim of advancing women in technology -- from the classroom to the boardroom.  WIT meets its vision through a variety of leadership development, technology education, networking and mentoring opportunities for women at all levels of their careers. WIT has over 1000 members in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia metro region.

 

Additional organizations can be found here.

Additional Resources

Below are resources and hot topics to encourage discussion and further support diversity and inclusion in computing. A full list of resources can be found under the resource tab.  

    Mentoring

    • NCWIT- What makes electronic mentoring effective?- a review and case study of how and why to use electronic mentoring
    • MentorNet- the award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network that addresses the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and other underrepresented groups.
    • Systers- a technical forum by the Anita Borg Institute( ABI) used to build community across all women in computing. 
    • ABI Curriculum Series- explore modules in these series to grow professionally as a women in computing

    Imposter Syndrome

    Workplace Culture

    Building the Pipeline

    • Engage CSEdu- NCWIT's effective ways to teach computer science
    • CSMatters- initiative to develop computer science curriculum and train teachers
    • CS for All- initiative of the White House to encourage all students to explore computer science

    Facts and Figures on Women in Computing