Session 2J: The New NSF Requirement for Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plans: Community Advice and Resources
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Thu Feb 28, 2019
Hyatt: Northstar A (2nd floor)


The CISE directorate of the NSF is rolling out a requirement that all NSF grants include a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) plan ( This has the potential to drive important institutional change across CS departments in the U.S. This panel of BPC experts will offer their perspectives on meaningful BPC activities, talk about existing BPC programs, and share BPC-related resources that can help PIs and departments craft high-quality BPC plans. The panelists will offer contrasting perspectives on topics such as K-12 outreach, the allocation of department funds for BPC, faculty engagement, and first steps departments should take. Ultimately, NSF review panels made up of CISE community members will evaluate BPC plans, but we hope to spark productive conversations in the interest of fostering institutional change to achieve the social imperative of BPC.

Tracy Camp Department Head and Professor of Computer Science (CS@Mines), Colorado School of Mines
Wendy DuBow National Center for Women
Diane Levitt Cornell Tech
Linda J. Sax University of California, Los Angeles
Valerie Taylor Director, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Colleen Lewis Assistant Professor of computers science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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