What is a Computer Science Student Advisory Council and why is it needed
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 4:30PM-5:30PM
The workshop will start with an introduction of reasons why student advisory councils are needed, particularly in the field of computer science. Then the workshop will move into three main parts: 1) how to propose this workshop to advisors and faculty, 2) how to recruit student members and lead an effective team, 3) how to listen to your constituents and put on programs that fill student needs. The introduction will start with a preview highlighting the lack of minorities and underrepresented groups in computer science departments throughout the country. We want to draw attention to the fact that even in departments where there are underrepresented students, the curriculum and experience are not built to meet their needs. We wish to ask students these questions; Are the departments doing enough to support the success of these individuals? How often do students hear about diversity and accessibility in their curriculum? Are there conversations within your department that discuss the social implications of their work in computing and what it means to work for a large corporate company? We hope students will start to think about what they and their peers need most to ensure their success. A version of this proposal was also submitted as a workshop format. I would be happy to present as a BOF or a workshop depending on fit.
Nicole Riley, University of Washington