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Girl's Night of Code - Newest Charter Member of National Center for Women & Information Technology
The grants purpose is to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing fields at the university level.
Girl’s Night of Code (GNOC), the college of science’s first all-female computer science club, just received a grant to become an ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery) chapter. The computing grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) allows GNOC the opportunity to sponsor events and activities on a larger scale.
“Receiving this funding is quite an honor for Girl’s Night of Code,” said Dr. Mohammad Husain. “Not only is this grant highly sought after, it enables the computer science department the ability to commitment more resources to more women pursuing computer science degrees.”
“We started GNOC with a mission to bring other women in tech at Cal Poly Pomona together,” adds Emily Le, president of GNOC. “Becoming an official chapter with ACM-W partners with our ultimate goal of female students in computer science feeling empowered. It also gives us the tools to succeed in our mission.”
According to the ACM-W website, the grant’s purpose is to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing fields at the university level. The chapter can then provide students with activities and projects that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women. They also offer opportunities to gain new technical skills and organize professional networking.
NCWIT states that their organization has supported student groups for women in computing for several years. Since 2011, the NCWIT Student Seed Fund has invested over $83,250 in more than 110 student-run programs for women in computing at non-profit institutions nationwide. Programs include technology-related learning and advancement opportunities, programming workshops, peer mentoring and support, professional training, and after-school programs.