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Strategic Planning

Dear Campus Community,

We are excited to announce the completion of the Center for Women in Technology new strategic plan. Thank you to our students, campus partners, alumni and many CWIT friends who helped contribute to the reflection and design of our new mission, values statement, vision, and goals for the next several years. Check out our new materials below:

Vision & Mission (Updated)
CWIT Values Statement (NEW!)

Our Goals:

  • Goal 1: Program Delivery: Strengthen vital undergraduate Scholars and Affiliates programs committed to increasing the participation and success of women and other underrepresented groups in technology fields.
  • Goal 2: Community Building: Cultivate a supportive, diverse, community for all undergraduate women and their allies in computing and engineering at UMBC.
  • Goal 3: Gender Climate Research: Examine and address gender climate in COEIT through research on the undergraduate educational experience.
  • Goal 4: Pipeline Development: Create opportunities for girls to deepen their interest in computing and engineering with K-12 outreach programs.
  • Goal 5: Advocacy: Focus university-wide attention and resources on the needs of all women in technology education.
  • Goal 6: National Impact: Contribute to the national dialogue on educational best practices in technology education.
Who Are “All Women?”

“All women” includes all persons who identify as female, regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender expression. Women in our community include, but are not limited to:

  • Women of color
  • Transgender and non-binary women
  • Lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, intersex, and asexual women
  • Women of all religious and spiritual backgrounds
  • Women with disabilities
  • Women of all ages
  • Women veterans
  • Women who are parents and caregivers

What Does Technology Include?

CWIT is a department within the College of Engineering & Information Technology (COEIT), which consists of the following programs:

  • Business Technology Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering

Who We Serve

CWIT directly serves two distinct audiences with our programs and initiatives:

  • COEIT Undergraduate Students – Our Scholars Programs, Affiliates Programs, educational research projects, and community events are focused on improving and enhancing the undergraduate experience in the College.
  • K-12 Students – We support girls through engaging programs that encourage their interest in and identification with computing and engineering.

CWIT also engages with the following groups to educate and encourage an inclusive COEIT community towards furthering our mission at UMBC and beyond:

  • CWIT Internal Advisory Board
  • COEIT Alumni
  • COEIT Faculty and Staff
  • Parents for Women in Technology (PWIT)
  • UMBC Campus Partners
  • Industry and Government Partners
  • A broad array of external research and advocacy groups focused on broadening participation in engineering and computing education

We are looking forward to the next 20 years of creating a positive impact in the College of Engineering and Information Technology! If you have any questions about our new changes and plans please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

The CWIT Team