2018 Technology Exchange

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Increasing Diversity Through Collaboration with Student Scholars

Time 10/18/18 02:00PM-02:30PM

Room Pacifica Ballroom 10/11/12

Session Abstract

Over the last three years, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has partnered with UMBC's Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) to create a pipeline of first year students. These students work in the division gaining valuable real world experience that helps prepare them for future internships and careers after college.

Since the inception of this program DoIT's percentage of women and minorities within the division has increased to almost 40% of all student workers being women and 60% being ethnic minorities.

DoIT heavily utilizes student workers for tasks ranging from standard maintenance to advanced troubleshooting and network and system installations. This new, more diverse workforce has been completing their work and solving problems at a more advanced pace than previous groups of students. We strongly feel this increased effectiveness is related to the diverse backgrounds and viewpoints our students now posses.

This session will go through the genesis of this program, what we have learned about recruiting a young, diverse workforce, and how we have maintained our momentum despite many of our students being snatched up by internships at large companies in the 2nd and 3rd year.


Speaker Damian Doyle University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

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