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2020 Tapia Conference

Student Organizations: Creating a Community of Success for Latinx and other Underrepresented Students in Computing

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 4:00PM-5:00PM

In recent years, the participation of Latinx and other underrepresented students in the field of computing has increased. Still, many are first-generation college students with little background in computing and often lack the support needed to succeed in this field. For this reason, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), we have created the Latinx Organization for Growth in Computing and Academics (LOGiCA), a student organization that aims to support underrepresented students by encouraging participation in computing, providing academic support, and facilitating the development of technical and professional skills. LOGiCA is involved in outreach to prospective students, peer mentoring, and also organizes student-led workshops and industry talks. In this session, we will share our experience forming LOGiCA and discuss the importance of student organizations in reaching out to Latinx and other underrepresented students in computing and creating communities where they can develop their academic and professional skills alongside peers.

Erick Vaquero, Undergraduate Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
Gonzalo Bellow, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago