In their article published on the Technical Community on Learning Technology bulletin, “The Women in Computer Science Program in New Mexico Tech,” Amy Knowles shares some stunning statistics for female students. While females make up a majority of the overall student population across American universities, only 22.5% of bachelor’s degrees are awarded to them. What’s even more stunning is that this number decreases dramatically at STEM-focused universities like New Mexico Tech where the female representation is less than 15%.
Rather than being dismayed by these disparities, three alumni from New Mexico Tech took action in 2017 and put their support toward Women in Computer Science (WiCS), “a professional organization dedicated to promoting a more diverse environment in both [New Mexico Tech] Computer Science department and in the university at large.” The goal of WiCS is to increase the representation of female students in both the university and computer science department.
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