We envision a world in which women are fully represented—and thriving—as technological contributors, leaders, and innovators.
The Center for Inclusive Computing—founded in 2019 at Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences—awards funding to colleges and universities to scale best practices that increase the representation of women in undergraduate computing.
The Center serves as a catalyst so that universities can take the lead in educating more women in computing, both to meet economic need and address issues of social inequity and exclusion. Best practices are well documented and widely known, yet stagnant percentages indicate that progress has been slow. To accelerate change, we focus on three key initiatives: grant making, technical assistance, and data analysis.
percentage of women earning bachelor’s degrees
percentage of women earning a degree in computing
We offer two types of grants to colleges and universities committed to improving the representation of women graduating with computing degrees.
- Best Practice Grants fund the implementation of evidence-based approaches that have been shown to quickly and significantly increase the representation of women in computing.
- Data Grants fund the collection of key institutional and demographic data and are designed for schools seeking to develop a better understanding of where they are losing and gaining students.
We collaborate with participating colleges and universities during the application process and throughout implementation. To do this, the Center deploys Technical Advisors who have overseen or participated in designing and implementing best practices to broaden undergraduate student representation. They are nationally recognized computing faculty who remain on hand throughout the life of the grant to support planning, implementation, and data analysis.
Collecting data for diagnostic and evaluation purposes is a critical aspect of the work and every grantee participates. We seek to gain a deeper understanding of the experience of underrepresented groups in computing at each institution. To do so, we track:
- Student enrollment and persistence and faculty/TA support in introductory CS courses.
- Term-to-term retention and graduation of computing majors.
- Gender and race/ethnicity of all students.
We have to provide welcoming pathways for women to discover computer science.”
Carla Brodley, Professor and Dean, Khoury College & Founding Executive Director, Center for Inclusive Computing