Northeastern University hopes to improve women's representation in technology with its newly established Center for Inclusive Computing.
The Center will work with U.S. universities that have large undergraduate computing programs, and fund and support nonprofit universities that produce at least 200 computing graduates annually over the next six years.
Northeastern's Carla Brodley said the eventual goal is to create a "critical mass" of female enrollees.
The Center will enlist a cadre of technical consultants with experience in best practices for bridging the gender gap, and will collaborate with each grantee university on approaches for recruiting, enrolling, and retaining female students in their computing programs.
An advisory council will guide the overarching strategy and direction of the Center, and will include leaders on increasing the number of women in technology such as Jodi Tims, chair of the ACM Council on Women in Computing.
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