Computing defines our modern world and it will continue to reshape every part of our future. It will revolutionize healthcare through wearable devices, medically-aware homes, and help us better understand disease and genetics. Computing is and will continue to be central to protecting our citizens and our environment, helping us build smarter cities, and exploring new kinds of art, music, film, and games. Computing professionals design creative solutions, communicate them to others, and work in teams to make them happen
The Challenge and the Opportunities
The lack of women in the information technology workforce directly affects the nation’s economic future. Only 26% of IT professionals are women. The lack of gender diversity is a key factor to the growing shortage of tech talent; future U.S. graduates with bachelor’s degrees in computing can fill only 40% of the projected tech jobs in our nation. The Women in Computing Initiative from the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte tackles this national challenge head-on.
Women in Computing Initiative
CCI is one of the largest computing programs in the US and has strong growth momentum. CCI is the preeminent provider of tech talent in the region. The Women in Computing Initiative has a simple and ambitious goal: increase the number of women undergraduate CCI majors to 450 female students in five years and proportionally increase the number of women graduates.
To support women undergraduate and graduate students, CCI offers:
- An active, hands-on curriculum to introduce and attract women to exciting education and career prospects in computing.
- Large-scale industry, faculty, and peer mentoring and support networks for women students.
- A robust scholarship fund for women to pursue CCI majors.
- A college culture, policy, and faculty leadership that is a welcoming environment for female students.
A career in computing will launch you into a world of challenging problems and real opportunities to make a significant impact on the world. Watch Dr. Celine Latulipe discuss the WiC initiative.
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