Indiana University, Purdue University and DePauw University have joined a two-year program aimed at increasing the number of women in the technology and computing industries.
The universities each set out personalized goals and have now partnered with the National Center for Women & Information Technology, to reach those objectives.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Education in the IU School of Informatics Maureen Biggers says this is the second of a two-part initiative at IU.
“For Indiana University, we would double the number of undergraduate women in our program within the period of two years, we did it within 18 months. Now we’ve set another goal, a continuing pacesetter, to double that number again,” Biggers says.
DePauw University’s project seeks to increase the number of women in its programs by inviting all first-year women into a computer science course. The course is taught by upper-class women in hopes they can encourage their younger counterparts to enter the field.