By Kristen Abell
In his review of the #EDUCAUSE10 session, “The Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women in Higher Education IT,” Eric Stoller notes that there were few men attending, especially of the CIO level. Much like him, I find this not only disappointing, but downright disturbing. I feel like we’ve been screaming from the rooftops that we need to make more of an effort to support and promote women in IT fields. And Stoller’s right, it can’t just be the women who are doing this. In a field that continues to be so heavily dominated by men, they need to do some of the work in promoting and supporting women. You’ll never hear me admit this otherwise, but there’s only so much women can do to promote and support other women – we need help.
So thanks for your call to action, Eric – let’s hope there’s some men out there who hear it.