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.