Addressing Impostor Syndrome
Thursday, September 20, 2018 — 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Impostor syndrome is where individuals doubt what they achieve, believe they are a fraud, and that they don’t belong. This especially affects underrepresented minorities pursuing computer science. Although many experience impostor syndrome, it disproportionally affects underrepresented groups, which is a barrier for increasing diversity. This panel will feature an open discussion on impostor syndrome in computer science. In particular, we’ll share our experience of creating a highly-popular workshop on impostor syndrome for our CS department. We’ll discuss the work that went into organizing our event, what was successful, and what we learned. Then, we’ll lead a discussion of how other schools can create similar programming to help their students manage impostor syndrome. Through conversations, we hope to normalize the experience of impostor syndrome, helping students cope with these anxieties in the future. We hope this session will be particularly helpful for students and individuals new to computer science.