The information technology industry needs more women working in and leading the industry in order for technology innovations to truly reflect the society they serve.
The Syracuse University iSchool is deeply committed to supporting and engaging women at every stage of the information technology lifecycle. If you are a woman with an interest in this field, or someone that wants to support women in this field, the iSchool has opportunities for you.
The It Girls Overnight Retreat
One of the iSchool's signature programs. Every fall, the iSchool holds the It Girls Overnight Retreat: a slumber party-meets-hackathon that aims to engage, inspire, and celebrate high school women who want to discover their potential in technology-related fields.
It Girls Overnight Retreat applications open every spring, and takes place on the Syracuse University campus every October. The retreat also includes a parallel program for parents and guidance counselors.
In addition to the programs above, the iSchool has several student groups that actively promote and encourage women in technology. You'll find the women in these groups organizing symposiums, participating in career panels, demonstrating leadership in the classroom, and volunteering at events like the It Girls Overnight Retreat and Girls are I.T.
The iSchool's It Girls United Group is made up of women who attended one of our It Girls Overnight Retreats, and then decided to attend Syracuse University as their number one college choice. They hold professional development workshops and social gatherings, and are the primary hosts of our annual It Girls Overnight Retreat, where we bring over 100 girls together each fall on campus to experience the possibilities that information technology offers.
WIT promotes awareness of women in technology and the positive benefits of diversity in the technology industry and related industries; supports and encourage women within the field of technology and related industries; and enhances the recruitment and retention efforts of women in technology at Syracuse University School of Information Studies.
National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)
In order to move the national needle and make real progress toward our gender diversity goals, the iSchool partners with the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT).
As a member of the NCWIT Academic Alliance and Entrepreneurial Alliance, the iSchool is able to institute positive organizational changes here at Syracuse University to benefit more women in computing and IT, and to educate our student entrepreneurs about the importance and benefits of establishing diversity in their leadership from the very beginning.
NCWIT Sit With Me Campaign
The Sit With Me iconic red chair travels the world encouraging everyone—not just women in the field—to “sit to take a stand” and recognize the value of women’s technical contributions by sharing their own stories and thoughts.
Launched by the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), the #SitWithMe advocacy campaign for women in computing and IT is ongoing and ever-growing. Syracuse University proudly participates in Sit With Me, so if you see our red chair out and about at events or on the road, we hope you’ll take a seat and share your thoughts!
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to provide technically inclined high school women with encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships. Recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
Award opportunities are available for high school students and educators. College scholarship and networking opportunities are available for past Aspirations award winners.
Regional and National awardees join a community of more than 2,500 other women who have been recognized as Aspirations winners. Aspiration awardees are a highly sought-after group of future computing and information technology students and professionals, and are an invaluable network.
Syracuse University launched the Upstate NY Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award in 2012, opening the door for women in grades 9–12 in Central and Upstate New York to apply for both our regional Upstate NY Affiliate Award as well as the national award. The University continues to host the annual Upstate NY regional award reception, supported jointly by the School of Information Studies and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Girls are I.T.
Girls are I.T. is a spring program that partners with middle school Girls Scouts, their troop leaders, and parents. During a Saturday afternoon in the spring, Girl Scouts visit Hinds Hall for small workshops that introduce information technology topics such as cloud computing, computer hardware, web design, and even social media etiquette.
Girls are I.T. is a great way to introduce young women to a huge variety of information technology ideas. The workshops are designed and lead by iSchool undergraduate and graduate students who hope to inspire a new generation of women in tech.
"As a woman studying technology at Syracuse University, I feel empowered. I am provided with a strong support system that values my ideas and experiences, and helps guide me into a positive direction. I hope to serve as a role model for young girls to challenge themselves, to never doubt themselves, and believe in their ability to take part in this innovative field." - Fatma NGom, BS in Information Management and Technology '16
“To me, technology is a great equalizer for women and a tool we can use to make the world around us better. The iSchool gives me the tools and knowledge to be that go-to person in the technology field and understand how to communicate that to others. Rather than being identified by gender, I am identified as a leader in the field.” - Hailey-Margaret Temple, iSchool and Newhouse Dual Major '14