Giving Back While Moving Forward: Sharing Strategies for Integrating Research and Action for Equity and Inclusion into Your Computing Career
Thursday, September 20, 2018 — 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The current CS for All movement reflects a need to provide opportunities for every person to learn computer science, as a matter of equity. Many computing professionals have a desire to contribute to society; since access to computing education is limited in many ways, finding ways to use computing to give back is particularly valuable. In this Birds of a Feather, we will discuss strategies for individual students, faculty, and institutions to develop and lead efforts focused on improving inclusion, equity, and diversity in computing. Exemplary efforts that computing students, faculty, and computing professionals have used to broaden participation include mentoring, tutoring, K12 outreach, expanded research opportunities, and service learning. In this BoF, we invite participants to seek and share resources that can lower the barriers to engaging in outreach and research for broadening participation in computing. We will also discuss strategies for choosing projects that leverage local resources and opportunities, promote personal professional development, and contribute to institutional improvement. To facilitate this discussion, we will ask participants to answer the following questions: (1) what needs does your community have for CS education? (2) who do you want to serve (e.g. people with disabilities, youth, women, low-SES)? (3) what existing resources, and/or organizations can help you reach those people? (4) What kinds of skills do you want to develop? (e.g. teaching, learning a new technology)? (5) How can you align your efforts to make an impact in your career, your community, and even on your profession?