Session 8K: Minoritized Students' Engagement, Identity, and Agency in Computer Science: Listening to the Students Themselves
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Sat Mar 14, 2020
Portland Ball Room 255


This panel focuses on the voices of computer science (CS) high school students who come from communities historically underrepresented in CS. Our UCLA team worked in research-practice partnership with teachers and students from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to understand how youth engagement, agency, and identity are being impacted, if at all, by efforts to broaden participation in computing. Going beyond a "numbers" approach, we define equity as attending to the cultural wealth, funds of knowledge, and perspectives youth bring to their CS learning experiences, amplifying minoritized youth's visions of what CS education should be in the CS for All movement. This panel begins by sharing findings from our year-long qualitative study in four CS classrooms, followed by hearing from the students themselves about what impacts their motivation to learn CS. Student panelists will explain how and why they choose to engage in CS learning toward empowering themselves and their communities, as well as how they are developing CS identities. Together, we will explore what it takes for youth to acquire a sense of "rightful presence" [1] in a field dominated by people who do not look like them or come from their communities.

Jean Ryoo University of California, Los Angeles
Jane Margolis University of California, Los Angeles
Tiera Tanksley University of California, Irvine
Cynthia Estrada University of California, Los Angeles
Alicia Morris Los Angeles Unified School District
LAUSD Students Los Angeles Unified School District

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