My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, CA, USA
We have sponsored students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing each year since it began in 2994. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery. Every student who has attended has been enriched by the experience of attending a conference that is supportive of women in computing. I have "thank you" notes from students who say things like "I had no idea I could go this far in the IT profession," "it was wonderful meeting so many women who have chosen IT as a career," and "thank you so much for sponsoring me-I know that I've made the right choice in my academic preparation." The IT profession needs people with as many diverse backgrounds to enter into the IT field, and the Anita Borg Institute has been instrumental in providing a forum for women who might otherwise see this profession as a "male field." Some of the students who we have sponsored have gone back to serve as panel presenters, track chairs and mentors and role models to current students.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the enthusiasm of the students returning from the Grace Hopper Conference and their willingness to share their experiences to encourage others to participate.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
work with students in the K-12 age group where the need is great.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Thanks, Connie! It's great to hear such positive comments about the Grace Hopper Celebration from students you have sponsored to attend our annual conference. GHC plays a critical role in providing students with role models, success stories, and a supportive community to ease the isolation of choosing a nontraditional career for a woman. You'll be happy to know that for the second year we are partnering with CSTA on a K-12 Computing Teachers Workshop at GHC, to help address the K-12 pipeline. And check the program for this year's conference (it will be posted soon at http://gracehopper.org/) for other sessions on outreach to girls.