• Women of Color in Computing Research Collaborative

    Women of Color in Computing Research Collaborative

    Developing, testing, and scaling interventions to diversify tech

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As a unique research unit, a diverse and interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, policy makers and practitioners unite to establish best practices for culturally responsive programs for girls/women of color. CGEST hosts three branches: Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Knowledge.

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Through the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of higher education institutions and non-profit partners, we advocate for girls and women of color in STEM by providing research and evidence based practices, networking resources, programs and initiatives that may be seamlessly implemented in p-20 education settings. We equip fellow advocates with the tools to expand opportunities for girls and women and color to enter, persist, and succeed in STEM both academically and professionally.

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Capacity Building

CGEST’s capacity building arm serves to increase the participation of women and girls of color in STEM fields by providing evidence-based, research-driven programs that engage participants in socially relevant technology experiences. Through programs such as COMPUGIRLS, CGEST provides one of the few technology programs that weds culturally relevant practices with project-based technology activities encouraging girls of color to develop socially relevant, researched products in areas of digital media, coding, and robotics.

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The knowledge arm of CGEST is committed to advancing girls and women of color in STEM through an intersectional and culturally responsive approach. We promote data-driven advocacy by exploring issues related to digital media learning and the underrepresentation of women and girls of color in STEM. In order to reach multiple stakeholders, we share our findings with scholars, organizations, policy makers, and practitioners through a variety of avenues, including academic articles, conference presentations, poster sessions, and digital stories.

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