Women & IS

Consistent with CGU’s ongoing commitment to diversity, the Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) maintains a long-standing goal of ensuring women a future of equal standing in the IS field. For example, CISAT has granted dozens of PhDs to women since its inception in 1983, representing one of the highest numbers of female PhD IS awarded in the country. Many of our faculty and alumni (themselves women) mentor and advise female students confronting this historically male-dominated career field (see student testimonials)

To ensure our standing as a leader in improving gender diversity in IS, CISAT has introduced a scholarship fund for women beginning in the fall semester of 2011. This competitive scholarship will be awarded to up to five (5) new female applicants and may be combined with other scholarship opportunities (see Financial Aid and Scholarship Page).

CISAT is committed to furthering the careers of women in IS outside of CGU as well as for introducing future generations of students to computing. CISAT faculty members have organized workshops for female high school students and retain close relationships with local high schools to encourage female students’ participation, serve as role models, and on occasion engage high school students in ongoing projects. CISAT students are encouraged to engage in community activities that support women in computing, such as developing and running a summer camp for middle-school girls with the goal of fostering computing skills and confidence. (see CGU News item).

CISAT is also a proud member of and plays an active role in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), which works to increase diversity in IS and computing. Specifically, CISAT is part of NCWIT’s Academic Alliance, which includes computer science and IS departments from nearly 200 US academic institutions joined together to implement changes in higher education towards women in computing. CISAT faculty benefit by staying abreast of information on best practices for retaining women in IS, Academic Alliance workshops, and funding opportunities for students.