Broadening Participation in Computing: Best Practices for Academic Departments
Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 11:10AM-12:10PM
The issue of diversity in computing is one that is particularly salient for computing departments in universities and colleges. Given that students in these departments today will define the composition of the computing talent pool tomorrow, it is imperative for departments to recruit and retain a diverse student body. This panel will bring together a group of faculty members with expertise in broadening participation in computing (BPC) in order to identify policies and practices that have the potential to be effective or create obstacles for departments and faculty working toward broadening participation of computing to all students. This panel will discuss what policies and programs are particularly effective for increasing diversity and retaining students in the field with particular attention to measures that should be taken to ensure that other issues that the departments are facing (e.g., the rapid growth in enrollments) do not negatively impact diversity in computing and provide suggestions on steps departments can take (e.g., developing departmental BPC plans) to broaden participation in computing.
Burcin Tamer, Director of the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP), Computing Research Association (CRA)
Jeff Forbes, Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University
Elva Jones, Professor and Chair Department: Computer Science, Winston-Salem State University
Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College
Ron Metoyer, Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and Asst Dean of Diversity and Special Initiatives, College of Engineering, at the University of Notre Dame