Berkeley Foundation for Opportunites in Information Technology

BFOIT, a project of the International Computer Science Institute, supports historically underrepresented ethnic minorities and women in their desire to become leaders in the fields of computer science, engineering and information technology. These future leaders are the next wave of creators, designers and developers of technological inventions and the social systems that sustain them. We believe that women and members of underrepresented ethnic groups (African Americans, certain Asian American groups, Chicanos/Latinos, Native Americans) have been marginalized in these fields. Yet, they bring a necessary and important perspective, and experience, that may help identify and find sustainable solutions for societal problems, as yet unsolved. We have several programs that work together to create a support pipeline that identifies, recruits and retains promising new leaders who are women and otherwise underrepresented. The Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) educates and trains middle and high school students in technology topics and leadership skills, gives them the necessary tools to be successful in their quest for higher education, and breaks down barriers that have traditionally thwarted achievement. The intent is to provide youth with knowledge, resources, practical programming skills and guidance in their pursuit of higher education and production of technology.

Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Application: ITLP_Application_2012

Website: http://www.bfoit.org/index.html

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