The Role of Majority Groups in Diversity Programs PENNY RHEINGANS, ANNE BRODSKY, JILL SCHEIBLER, and ANNE SPENCE, University of Maryland Baltimore County The underrepresentation of women in technical elds is a widely acknowledged national problem, limiting both the raw size of the talent pool and the diversity of experiences and perspectives of those who will design solutions to key problems facing society. Empowering women to succeed in these elds is clearly one important component of any solution. Because the population in those elds will likely continue to be overwhelmingly male for some time to come, men must also be a key component of the solution. Speci cally, since the attitudes of the majority group are a strong determinant of climate, it is almost equally important to foster a population of men supportive of increasing the representation of women. As at most universities and technical companies, women are a minority in all majors in the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT). In most majors, they are a small minority. The UMBC Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in engineering and information technology elds.
ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) – Association for Computing Machinery
Published: Jul 1, 2011