Model

In addition to completing their chosen major, CWIT Scholars participate in a series of academic and extracurricular activities designed to foster a supportive community for women in IT and Engineering:

  • A mentoring program connecting the freshman and sophomore scholars to UMBC faculty in their majors, and junior and senior scholars to successful IT and Engineering professionals
  • Numerous networking and professional development opportunities with successful IT and Engineering professionals
  • An opportunity to live in the CWIT Living Learning Community, which is a floor in Chesapeake Hall specifically for CWIT Scholars and other students in IT and Engineering majors
  • Monthly meetings with other CWIT Scholars, and various community-building social activities with peers
  • Monthly individual meetings with a CWIT staff member to discuss academic progress, professional development, and personal issues as they arise
  • An internship program in partnership with the Shriver Center that will involve premier workforce development opportunities for CWIT Scholars throughout the college experience
  • Leadership opportunities through participation in the CWIT Student Council and event planning committees
  • Service-learning opportunities built through UMBC’s strong relationship with area schools and STEM programs
  • Two special courses that address gender issues on campus, in the community, and in the workplace: an Introduction to Women’s Studies (GWST100) and a Women, Gender, and IT course (GWST352) that brings together faculty from the Women’s Studies and IT programs as well as involved members of the business community
  • An outreach program for Scholars to mentor middle and high school girls to encourage them to consider a career in IT or Engineering