DePauw in National Program Aimed at Increasing Women in Technology & Computing
February 19, 2013
DePauw University is among the participants in a two-year program being launched today by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) that seeks to radically increase the number of women in technology and computing. The 20 universities and 14 companies participating include startups and global corporations, public and private universities, and state government departments.
Through Pacesetters, senior leaders from companies and universities publicly commit to increasing the number of women in the U.S. computing and technology workforce. Participants use innovative recruitment and retention methods to tap new talent pools and introduce interventions for those at risk of leaving, with the goal of bringing significant "net new" women to their organizations. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Google, and Qualcomm.
"Currently women hold only 25 percent of all computing-related occupations in the U.S. and comprise just 18 percent of all computing and information sciences degrees earned at U.S. institutions," today's announcement notes. "More than half (56 percent) of technical women leave their jobs at the mid-career level, when their loss is most costly to companies. Additionally, research has found that women’s increased participation has been tied to higher profits, better return on investment, and more innovative teams. With an estimated 1.4 million technology jobs being added to the workforce by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women represent a valuable, untapped talent pool."
The new cohort of NCWIT Pacesetters kicks off its two-year commitment with a meeting at the University of California at Santa Cruz on February 25.
"By participating in NCWIT Pacesetters, these organizations are holding themselves accountable for a quantifiable ‘net new women’ goal within an aggressive timeframe," said Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT. "We applaud them for their exemplary commitment to increasing their numbers of technical women and we’re excited to help them achieve their goals."
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