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Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Computing Students through Inclusive Practices




I LOVE this saying! And it goes on to say, "Inclusion changes what's possible."  This is the new "tagline" for NCWIT - National Center for Women & Information Technology


We're always trying to improve our enrollment and retention, as you might be too. Last year we found out about this organization and how it could help us with our recruiting and retention efforts. By joining a group of  "like-minded" people with a common vision, NCWIT is teaching us how to "lead change and see the potential in everyone".


Currently we are working with our Institutional Research folks to gather data on the types of students in our programs, how they are doing and where they are coming from.  Based on this data and our own Department survey, we can focus our recruiting and retention efforts in areas where it really counts. Not only does NCWIT help colleges with these efforts and award gifts and funds where needed/earned, students can also apply for funding individually for various research and projects.  


Through Learning Circles and Extension services, we have the support and tools at hand to recruit, retain and to change the "face of technology" at Seminole State!   "Learning Circles with Extension Services-Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) assist academic computing departments with the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to increase gender diversity in their undergraduate programs in a collaborative, communal environment." 


"In computing and technology careers, greater inclusion lifts individual futures and entire communities. From the classroom to the boardroom, the superintendent’s office to the C-suite, NCWIT brings the proven tools, evidence-based methodologies, and collaborative peer communities that help build possibility, develop potential, and create lasting change. More voices can generate more powerful ideas. We’ll show you how to make every voice heard."  For more information, go to