Your Role Per Program
Coordinator Roles Per Program
One of the major responsbilities for Affiliate Coordinators is to promote the Aspirations in Computing Award for students in grades 9 - 12 who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-biary, and encourage their educators to apply for the NCWIT Educator Award. In addition to outreach and encouraging new applications from untapped regions, coordinators are responsible for:
- Organizing volunteers to help with outreach/promotion
- Working with your selection committee to select winners and honorable mentions for both awards
- Pursue financial support for your AiC Award Event, swag, and other meet-ups
- Plan your AiC Award Event
- Connect with non-recipients of the award
As a regional affiliate, making contact with college women directly may be difficult. You can work with the Academic Alliance member institutions in your region and remind them to encourage their students to apply. On the NCWIT web site there is an alphabetical list of all member institutions. There is also a dynamic map that can be very useful in determining if the institution is located in your region. Please note that starting in 2020, applicants do not need to attend an Academic Alliance institution. Thus, you may conduct outreach to any post-secondary academic institution in your area.
Affiliate Coordinators can be crucial in both encouraging their past award recipients to apply for the Impact Award (launching April 2021) as well as pointing adult mentors to the AspireIT Toolkit (launching Fall 2021) which provides formal and informal educators with guidance on delivering hands-on learning experiences in computing.
AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. Community members also give back to others by planning and leading computing experiences for middle school and high school womxn. These opportunities allow womxn of the Community to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce. To date, there are nearly 20,000 women in the AiC Community.