Increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in computing ensures the creation of technological products and services that are as diverse as the U.S. population.
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) today launched Latinas & Tecnología de la Información, a Spanish-language website for inspiring young Hispanic women, or Latinas, to pursue technology.
The website, containing both English-language and Spanish-language resources, provides:
-- fact sheets for creating awareness about the current state of girls’ participation in technology
-- talking points about various types of undergraduate courses and careers available in computing
-- videos and profiles of successful Latinas addressing attractions to technology and possible barriers in the field
-- links to computing activities and recruitment programs for young women
“The videos and profiles will help to broaden the image of computing,” said Elsa Macias, Ph.D., NCWIT Research Consultant. “Young Hispanic women will get to see and hear stories from accomplished Latinas in technology about their path to success.”
“This new, online collection of resources provides various tools for encouraging young Latinas’ interest in technology careers,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. “Increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in computing ensures the creation of technological products and services that are as diverse as the U.S. population.”
According to U.S. government statistics, Latinos comprise approximately 17% of the U.S. population but hold only 6% of computing occupations. Currently, Latinas comprise only 1% of these occupations.
Latinas & Tecnología de la Información is a project of NCWIT’s K-12 Alliance, funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation. The NCWIT K-12 Alliance is comprised of nearly 45 national girl-serving organizations, professional educator associations, academic institutions, and businesses working to make all girls more aware, interested, and confident with technology.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 450 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT helps organizations more effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.