Efforts that introduce young women to computing are often episodic touchpoints lacking research-based elements that encourage persistence.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a longitudinal community for female technologists, from K- 12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development.
Thousands of technically-inclined girls and women learn through computing-related activities, network at virtual and in- person meetups, receive visibility and recognition for technical achievements, and grow leadership and entrepreneurial skills by leading computing outreach programs in their local communities.
Additionally, they gain exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and career opportunities. All of these benefits are made possible by NCWIT Alliance Members, AiC peers in the network, and adult influencers who serve as volunteers and mentors. This collective investment is making a considerable and sustainable impact on future technology and innovation by increasing women’s meaningful participation. aspirations.org
Top leadership support is critical to changing an organization’s culture. When organizations treat diversity like their other critical business initiatives, then real change happens. The CEO Action Pledge drives home that point and gives leaders a solid platform from which they can publicly commit to diversity, share their own initiatives, and learn from others.