Underrepresented Girls

These resources are intended to assist practitioners in their work to engage underrepresented girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities. These include government funded, formal and out-of-school time programs, as well as student and professional organizations dedicated to increasing the number of women of color and minorities in STEM fields.

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
www.ankn.uaf.edu 
This network provides resources for compiling and exchanging information on Alaska Native systems and ways of knowing.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
http://www.aises.org
AISES works to promote, initiate, and provide services for American Indian and Alaska Native pre-college, college, and graduate level students in STEM.

Black Girls Code
http://www.blackgirlscode.com/index.html
A San Francisco bay area organization dedicated to increasing the numbers of young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology by providing free camps, workshops, role models and other opportunities including a blog written by girl participants of all ages.

Blacks in Technology (BIT)
http://www.blacksintechnology.net
BIT is a community-based website that is geared towards building and establishing a community that focuses on bringing blacks together within technology related fields.

Center for Urban Education (CUE) Toolkit for increasing Latina and Latino STEM Baccalaureates
http://cue.usc.edu/tools/stem_focus.html
This toolkit develops competencies that facilitate Latina and Latino student success in STEM, by helping both campus teams and individuals understand the issues facing these students.

The Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC)
http://www.cdc-computing.org/about/
CDC projects seek to target students and faculty with the expressed intent of increasing the number of minorities successfully transitioning into computing-based careers in academia, federal laboratories and industry.

CompuGirls: A Social Justice Technology Program for Girls
http://sst.clas.asu.edu/compugirls
CompuGirls is a culturally relevant technology program for girls, grades 8-12, from under-resourced school districts in the Greater Phoenix area.

Computer Science Online: Computer Science for Minorities
http://www.computerscienceonline.org/cs-programs-for-minorities
This guide will help minority students understand why they should consider computer science, how they can explore and prepare before college, what to look for in a degree program, and how to afford a degree.

Culturally Situated Design Tools
http://www.ccd.rpi.edu/Eglash/csdt
Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDT) are software applications aligned with computer science curriculum. CSDTs address African, African-American, Latino, Native American, and Youth subculture themes.

!Excelencia! in Education
http://edexcelencia.org
Provides data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latino students and promotes education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement.

Financial Aid Guide for Minority Students
http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/minority/
This resource for minority students explains all of the financial aid opportunities available and covers some of the most common programs offered.

Girls Scouts of U.S.A. Imagine Engineering
http://www.girlscouts.org/imagineengineering/engineering_disciplines/
Developed for high school girls, this resources site provides overviews of various engineering disciplines.  Guides are free and come in four versions with girl-centered activities as well as representing images and role models who are African-American, Latina, and Native American along with a Spanish language guide.

Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), The Cosmic Serpent
http://indigenousedu.org/cosmic-serpent
The Cosmic Serpent project bridges science museums and native and western science learning in informal science education.

Into the Loop: Computer Science Equity Alliance
http://idea.gseis.ucla.edu/projects/into-the-loop
Seeks to deepen the capacity of the Los Angeles Unified School District to offer and support high-quality, college preparatory computer science classes.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) USA Program
http://mesa.ucop.edu/about/mesausa.html
A federally and locally funded MESA partnership of nine states (AZ, CA, CO, MD, NM, OR, PA, UT, and WA) that have joined together to support disadvantaged and underrepresented students to achieve academically in math, science and engineering and go on to attain math-based degrees.

Microsoft Community Learning Portal
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itacademy/mclp.aspx
Free online learning opportunity for approved nonprofit centers and computer labs that offer ICT (information and communications technology) skills training to underserved communities.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Middle and High School Resources 
http://www.nacme.org/middle-high-school-programs
NACME resources to help middle and high school students learn about engineering, including a guide to engineering colleges, magazines, and promotional materials such as brochures and posters. Resources are also available in Spanish.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
http://www.nsbe.org
NSBE is a non-profit association that is owned and managed by its members. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
http://sacnas.org/students
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Upward Bound Math and Science Program
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triomathsci/index.html
This is a Federal TRIO program based at universities nationwide that helps to prepare low-income, first generation high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.

Ventures Scholars Program – Access to Education
www.venturescholar.org
A national membership program designed for underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students interested in pursuing STEM-based careers.

Viva Technology™
http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/vivatechnology/
A program designed to engage inner-city and rural K-12 students, teachers and parents in activities that stimulate their interest and academic achievement in STEM subjects.