NSF highlighted CRA-WP resources in an article recently published in Open Access Government. The article “Computing, Communication & Information Systems,” authored by Nina Amla with Joydip Kundu and Fernanda Pembleton from NSF CISE shared the mission and major themes supported by the CISE Directorate. CRA-WP activities were highlighted in the “Diversity, Education & Workforce Development” section of the article:
To meet this demand and sustain job growth and U.S. competitiveness, it is critical to set up sustainable pathways for education and training. At the same time, these pathways must promote a diverse workforce so that our Nation is able to tap talent from all sources, and so that all have access to high-quality jobs.
The Computing Research Association’s Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP) is one of CISE’s Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances. CRA-WP aims to widen participation and improve access, opportunities, and positive experiences of individuals from groups underrepresented in computing. With nearly 30 years of experience in advancing these goals, CRA-WP received a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for their long-running work to address the underrepresentation of women in computer science and engineering. With a focus on community building, career mentoring, information sharing, and effecting systemic change for post-secondary research computing pathways, CRA-WP supports several leadership development opportunities. Examples include the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program, Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (GC-IDEALS), Grad Cohort Workshop for Women (GC-Women), Career Mentoring Workshops (CMW) supporting early- and mid-career researchers, and several annual Scholarship and Award programs.
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