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Title:The It Girls Overnight Retreat: An iSchool recruitment model for prospective female undergraduate students
Author(s):Farah, Dori; Walas, Julie
Subject(s):women in computing
innovation in educational practices
STEM recruitment tools
best practices
female undergraduate recruitment
Abstract:Responding to the well-known need for more women in computing and information science, the Syracuse iSchool offers a powerful and replicable solution: The It Girls Overnight Retreat. This intensive, peer-focused program combines mentoring with a specifically designed curriculum to engage, inspire, and celebrate young women and their potential in the information industry. First piloted in 2011, the iSchool received college applications from 50% of the seniors in attendance and 11 of them became matriculated students. The event model was then enhanced with research-based assessment tools, activities for parents and high school counselors, and the inclusion of barrier-breaking female role models. In Fall 2012, the second-annual event attracted 93 high school juniors and seniors from 43 high schools across 6 states. For the iConference, Syracuse will report on recruitment results, pre- and post-survey data results from the attendees, and best practices for peer institutions with a desire to replicate the event.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Farah, D., & Walas, J. (2013) The It Girls Overnight Retreat: An iSchool recruitment model for prospective female undergraduate students. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 909-911). doi:10.9776/13462
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03

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