The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in the creation of technology in the engineering and information technology fields. CWIT efforts begin with nurturing a strong group of Scholars, grow to build community resources for other women in these majors, extend to fostering a healthy gender climate and ITE pedagogy in College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) departments, and finally expand into outreach efforts to increase interest in technical careers. A successful program for female-friendly engineering and information technology education at UMBC will help make UMBC a destination for women (and men) interested in technical careers and serve as a national model for other universities.
We aspire to collaborate with our internal and external partners to make UMBC a national model for female-friendly education in ITE and UMBC COEIT a destination for women interested in technical fields. We have identified four goals key to this aspiration:
- Sustain and strengthen a vital Scholar program for undergraduates committed to increasing the representation of women in ITE fields.
- Foster a supportive community for all women in ITE at UMBC.
- Improve gender climate in COEIT.
- Broaden the pipeline of talented women interested in ITE with K-12 outreach programs.