Developing a Plan for Broadening Participation in Computing
Friday, September 18, 2020 — 12:30PM - 1:15PM
Broadening participation in computing requires sustained large-scale intervention. To this end, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate started an initiative requiring PIs submitting proposals to selected programs to have an approved broadening participation in computing (BPC) plan at the time of award. This initiative has the potential to act as a catalyst in furthering the community’s broadening participation goals by increasing the number and reach of broadening participation activities. However, it is important to ensure that these BPC plans are well-developed and rely on evidence based best practices. The primary goal of this panel is to provide a clear understanding of BPC plans, and to unpack different components of these plans to support faculty and departments while they develop and refine their BPC plans. The panelists will clarify expectations regarding BPC plans and discuss best practices for developing a successful BPC plan. They will share advice for attendees interested in implementing more effective BPC efforts in their context. While the impetus for these BPC plans is the CISE directorate’s requirement, systematic planning for broadening participation is critical for taking effective action towards increasing diversity in computing. Hence, the intended audience for this panel is faculty and professionals interested in taking action toward broadening participation in computing higher education, in general, and developing individual/departmental BPC plans, in particular.
Burcin Tamer, Burcin Tamer, Nancy Amato, Wendy DuBow, Allyson Kennedy, Colleen Lewis, Ronald Metoyer