Center of Excellence for Women in Technology celebrates five years of serving IU women

With nearly 750 faculty affiliates for this academic year, the center has roughly five times as many as it did after its first year of operation. Faculty engage with the center by attending workshops on topics such as teaching with technology or using Canvas; participating in faculty leadership opportunities such as becoming a faculty fellow or mentoring students in the Research Experiences for Undergraduate Women Program; promoting equity through initiatives like the Advocates and Allies for Equity program; and more.

Nearly 600 IU Bloomington staff members and more than 1,950 alumnae are also affiliates of the center. IU staff members, in partnership with the universitywide group IU Women in IT, can participate in programming on topics such as negotiation and unconscious bias in job postings or receive advocate and ally staff training. Alumnae affiliates host special trainings throughout the year, lead workshops at the center's annual summit, and mentor and network with students as well.

"We have accomplished so much since our launch, and it is in large part due to the IU commitment to our work, our many campus partners and a dedicated staff of professionals, student interns, faculty -- men and women -- and staff all working together to connect, empower, engage, and promote women and technology, and equity," Biggers said. "As far as we know, no other university has this kind of center that cuts across all disciplines with such a focus, so this presence helps make IU even more special."

The center is beginning to engage in a strategic planning process to create a vision for the next five to 10 years. In addition to exploring expansion to other IU campuses, establishing a high-profile speaker series and developing an annual, national scholarly conference, the center hopes to evolve into a national hub for interdisciplinary scholarship on equity, gender and diversity as it relates to post-secondary technology education.