BOF #12B: Broadening Participation in Computing: A Call to Action for Universities and Community Colleges
6:30 PM - 7:20 PM
Thu Feb 28, 2019
Hyatt: Lake Minnetonka (4th floor)
Birds of a Feather


Over half of community college (CC) students are non-white, and more than half of all Hispanic and Black undergraduates start at community college. Given that community colleges (CCs) enroll minorities and women in larger numbers than universities, it is imperative for both universities and CCs to engage in collaborative efforts to broaden the participation of diverse peoples in the computing field. Such efforts could include, but not be limited to, the creation of a national broadening participation in computing (BPC) alliance, structured transfer pathways from the CC to the university, the inclusion of a CS Principles course for college, and changing the commonly held perceptions of CCs. Brainstorming, and then building these strategic partnerships requires that experts from various backgrounds come together to share knowledge and experiences that contribute to a better understanding of the role such collaborative efforts could play with universities and CCs in BPC efforts in CS and information technology (IT).

Amardeep Kahlon Professor & Assistant Dean, Austin Community College
Deborah Boisvert Executive Director, BATEC Center for IT and Computing, University of Massachusetts Boston
Cheryl Calhoun Dean of Access and Inclusion, Santa Fe College
Louise Ann Lyon Education, Training, and Research
Jill Denner Senior Research Scientist, Education, Training, Research (ETR)
Wendy DuBow National Center for Women
Melanie Williamson Professor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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