Employer Media Kit
As a Break Through Tech DC partner, you are helping to change the face of tech. You are creating more space for women. Advancing inclusion. Helping organizations to better reflect the diversity of the country we live in.
That’s worth talking about.
We’ll tell the world about your partnership with us. If you’d like to do the same, this brief media kit provides information for communicating about Break Through Tech DC and our work together.
Finding and tagging us: We appreciate links to our websites and/or social media mentions. Here’s where to find us:
- Web: https://dc.breakthroughtech.org
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About Break Through Tech DC
We empower college women to explore and master the computing skills that will prepare them for careers in tech.
We are an affiliate of a national program for women in technology, Break Through Tech. Our primary funders are Pivotal Ventures (led by Melinda Gates), the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, and Verizon.
Break Through Tech originated in 2016 as a program called Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY), created in partnership with the City University of New York and a broad set of industry partners. Break Through Tech Chicago is the second site, announced in 2020. The third site in metropolitan Washington, D.C., was announced in 2021.
We focus on encouraging and supporting college women (trans and cis) and nonbinary students. We recognize that additional institutional barriers exist for Black, Latina, Indigenous, low-income, and first-generation college women, and we specifically seek to elevate their voices and grow their numbers within the tech community. We have ample space for allies: in short, if you believe in our mission, we’d love to have you on our team. We can work together to promote the visibility and inclusion of women and underrepresented communities in tech.
Break Through Tech DC builds a strong community around the students we serve and offers two academic programs (plus career-readiness programs) to help them take the first steps toward a tech-oriented college education. Read an overview of our programs on this webpage.
Break Through Tech DC at UMD is administered by will be administered by the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing in partnership with the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) and the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities.
A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 297 academic programs.
As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 58 members of the national academies.
The institution has a $2.1 billion operating budget and secures more than $1 billion annually in research funding together with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Break Through Tech DC at GMU is administered by will be administered by the Volgenau School of Engineering, the proposed School of Computing and the Departments of Computer Science and Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University.
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university.
Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls 38,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states.
Mason has grown rapidly over the last half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility.
About underrepresentation in tech
Metrics and statistics that can help in making the case:
By 2028, estimates are that the United States will only be producing 19 percent of the graduates needed to meet the nation’s tech workforce needs. (Source: National Center for Women & Information Technology)
Although 58 percent of all college degrees are awarded to women, only 1 to 2 percent of these women choose to study computer science and related tech disciplines. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics)
Even today, women represent only 26 percent of the computing workforce, 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate degree earners in computer and information science, 11 percent of senior leaders in the tech industry, and 11 percent of tech-industry CIOs. (Source: Rebooting Representation, a report prepared by McKinsey & Company and Pivotal Ventures)