Black Women in Computing (BWiC) is a community created to provide support and resources focused on increasing the number of black women and other underrepresented groups in computing related fields. BWiC is the product of the GHC2010 Women of Color luncheon themed, “Building Our Community: Moving Vision into Reality”. The group was launched in 2011 with the help of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI). The official kickoff for the BWiC online community will begin at the Birds of a Feather session titled Black Women in Computing: Increasing Numbers Through Networking the 2011 Grace Hopper Conference.

During the BWiC BoF session attendees discussed the BWiC mission and identified goals for the upcoming year. Each focus group defined action items for the areas listed below. Details and progress updates will be posted here.

  • BWiC Presence
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Online Resources
  • Support System (National & Local)
  • Outreach into Black, Hispanic and Native American and under-served communities

Black Women in Computing Committee

  • Dr. Danielle Cummings, Committee Chair
  • Loretta Cheeks, StrongTies (Founder) & Community Engagement
  • Rose Robinson, Director of ABI Communities
  • Dr. Jamika Burge, The Research Coalition
  • Rosalind McCullough, Social Media
  • Haila Asanaenyi, Corporate Relations
  • Jean Njoroge, Committee Chair, African Women in Computing

If you’re interested in helping with BWiC’s mission, please email the BWiC Committee.

If we are to impact change, we start with supporting each other, leveraging our knowledge in the industry and passing it on to others.


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