In spring 2017, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) chapter of Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women (ACM-W) received a National Center for Women Information Technology (NCWIT) Student Seed Fund gift of $3,000, sponsored by Google.org. The NCWIT funds will be used to increase participation of more girls in computing, by way of recruiting events.
Recent recruiting events included the “Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics” conference at Spring Forest Middle School, as well as a recruiting experience on UHD’s campus. Both events focused on encouraging new and current students to enroll in computer science related fields.
The ACM-W is organized to increase the retention of women in computer science, by offering networking opportunities, support in working conditions, access to resources, and increased knowledge in design and development for the benefit of girls in K-12, undergraduate and graduate studies as well as their professional lives. The ACM-W chapter at UHD was initiated by UHD student Stephanie Reyes.
NCWIT is a “collective impact” effort, a community of more than 700 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase girls’ and women’s participation in technology and computing. 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.
Google.org is the charitable arm of Google, and is committed to advancing the study of computer science and increasing the number of students – particularly women and underserved minorities. Since 2010, Google.org has invested more than $40 million to expand after school coding programs, provide teacher training, offer tech resources, and facilitate global access to computer science education for the next generation of tech leaders.