Registration is open! San Diego,CA September 18-21, 2019

2019 Tapia Conference

Incorporating Diversity-Related Topics into a Traditional CS Course

Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 3:00PM - 4:00PM

In order to create inclusive, supportive environments in academic Computer Science settings, it is critical that undergraduate students gain an understanding of the major issues around diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the field of computing, and that faculty members signal that they value diversity via their teaching. However, a common refrain among even the most well meaning instructors is that “these topics just don’t fit into the class I’m teaching.” This session will explore ways in which instructors can integrate diversity-related topics into “traditional” CS courses, i.e. courses that are not specifically focused on diversity or social issues. Going beyond best practices for inclusive teaching, participants in this BOF will work together to identify opportunities to include these topics in lectures, homeworks, reading assignments, in-class activities, labs, and recitations. Additionally, we will discuss other ways that instructors can signal that they value diversity, e.g. through TA hiring and course policies.

Christian Murphy, University of Pennsylvania
Anya Mushakevich, University of Pennsylvania
Carolyn Ryan, University of Pennsylvania