With the help of key Anita Borg Institute programs, two universities in upstate New York have made impressive gains in the number of women enrolled in technical studies. Both the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have increased their number of female STEM students, to 31% and 34% respectively. These results are impressive considering that, in 2015, only 20% of all undergraduate engineering students in the U.S. were women.
The University of Rochester credits its success to working with BRAID (Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity) as well as sending students to the Grace Hopper Celebration. “More girls are feeling more welcomed in this field,” said Euakarn “Som” Liengtiraphan, president of Women in Computing and a senior at the university. Administrators at both the University of Rochester and RIT say they hope to further diversify and continue to increase the number of women STEM students.