Women In Computing

Who we are

As part of Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, Break Through Tech is funding George Mason's inclusivity efforts in computing. Through curriculum innovation, career access, and community building, Break Through Tech propels students who identify as women and non-binary into computing degrees and careers in tech. The grant’s goal is to increase the number of these students graduating with a tech degree at Mason by 12.5 percentage points by 2026.

Our programs include

  • A summer program for first-year students designed to ignite interest in tech;

  • New, innovative introductory computer science sequences;

  • A paid, three-week mini-internship program called a “Sprinternship®” that gives first- and second-year students a resume credential and real-world experience to make them more competitive when applying for a paid summer tech internship;

  • Attendance at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration, the largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists in the world; and

  • The development of a networked community of individuals who identify as women and non-binary—both peer-to-peer and student-to-professional—in the D.C. metropolitan area to support, engage, and motivate one another.