Untold Stories of Black Women PhDs in Computing
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 10:30AM - 12:00PM
This panel will address the impact that Black Women PhDs in Computing have made in computing from both academia and industry. The personal stories shared will provide insight to the path to the PhD in computer science and the motivation for those desiring to diversify computing. With the focus being on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in computing, this panel serves as an additional reference for Black women and women in both academia and industry. This panel is divided into four parts. Part I speaks to the path of obtaining the PhD and the struggles to obtain the PhD due to the constraints of family obligations, organizational politics, and the like. Part II of the panel addresses the contributions that these computer scientists have made to computer science. Part III of the panel addresses the services that they have provided to broaden participation in computer science. Suggestions will be shared on how to diversify computing and to get more girls and women from underserved communities involved in computing. Part IV of the panel focuses on changing the face of technology through initiatives led by Black Women PhDs who have transformed computer science in their respective organizations.
Cheryl A. Swanier, Claflin University