Organizations We Love (OWLs)
The CARE Lab has generated a list of 222 Organizations We Love (OWLs) that strive to make cybersecurity and STEM opportunities and experiences accessible to underrepresented groups: Women: 93; Black: 41; Indigenous/Native American: 9; Latinx/Hispanic: 11; Asian: 11; LGBTQIA+: 13; and Youth: 44. We are actively working with these groups to promote our events. We have also shared this list with the wider community. We hope that others engage with these communities for research, education, and outreach efforts. Since the creation of this page in March 2021, this resource has been accessed over 14K times.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the CARE Lab did a spotlight feature series that showcased a phenomenal woman in the cyber/STEM field EVERY DAY of the month. Furthermore, we featured women from a diverse set of fields: industry, government, academia, journalism, and film! Learn more about these amazing women and their accomplishments.
EQUITY IN ACCESS
Our events do not require special tools or labs, resulting in low entry costs. Smaller universities, colleges, and high schools often struggle financially, and may not be able to purchase equipment to develop cybersecurity course projects. Our events can be implemented in high schools, 2-year, and 4-year institutions will little to no cost and free training via the CARE Lab. We are also trying our best to support educators via FREE Educator Workshops, and we compensate high/middle school teachers for their time.
Conventional CTFs require specific skills that limit participation to students possessing technical skills, such as coding, reverse engineering, hacking, cryptography, and exploitation. However, students across ALL disciplines can engage in our events; no specialized skills are required to participate.
Cybersecurity is for everyone, and anyone can participate in our events!