Center for Women in Technology

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Center for Women in Technology
Formation 1998
Location
Director Penny Rheingans
Parent organization University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Website http://umbc.edu/cwit/
Formerly called Center for Women in Information Technology

The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) was established at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in July 1998 to provide leadership in achieving women’s full participation in all aspects of information technology. The center's original name was the "Center for Women and Information Technology", and it was founded to encourage women as both developers of information technology and to women's experiences as users of IT.[1] The original CWIT site included a large number of resources and links and served as a clearinghouse about women and information technology.[1] This work included focusing on K-12 education as well as supporting university students, and work force advancement and retention.[2][3]

In 2006 the center's scope expanded to include engineering majors, and in 2011 its name was changed to the Center for Women In Technology.

Mission[edit]

CWIT's mission is to increase the representation of women in the creation of technology in the engineering and information technology fields.

CWIT Scholarship Programs[edit]

The Center for Women in Technology Scholars Program is a merit scholarship opportunity for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, computer engineering, information systems or a related program.[4] It is open to high school seniors planning to major in one of these areas of study. Scholars in the program receive mentoring from university faculty and IT professionals as well as participate in specially designed activities and events.[5]

CWIT and the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity jointly run the UMBC Cyber Scholars Program with the goal of preparing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The program is funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Korenman, Joan (2001). "A URL of our own: the Center for Women and Information Technology". Women's Studies Quarterly 29: 148–156. 
  2. ^ Joe Bacchus (February 3, 2006). "U of MD, Baltimore County center makes sure women have a place at IT table". The Daily Record (Baltimore, MD.). 
  3. ^ Scott Carlson (January 13, 2006). "Wanted: Female Computer-Science Students". The Chronicle of Higher Education 52: 35. 
  4. ^ "Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC". Scholarship.com. Retrieved 7 Oct 2013. 
  5. ^ "CWIT Scholars website". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cyber Scholars Program". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 

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