CSE Partners with The National Center for Women & Information Technology

February 5, 2019

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) committee

In February of 2019, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has committed to partnering with The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to address the significant gender gap in Computer Science and Engineering. The Department will participate as a Change Leader Team (CLT) in the Learning Circles Project, and will work with an NCWIT social scientist. Access to NCWIT's evidence-based approaches and resources that focus on creating sustainable changes will be an important guide on this journey.

Current initiatives to increase female enrollment and retention include the undergraduate student group Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WiCSE). WiCSE builds confidence and community among women students by providing opportunities to members regarding coursework, career workshops, job opportunities, mentoring opportunities. WiCSE is an official student organization and has about 300 members on BullSync.

WiCSE organizes mentoring programs, outreach programs, technical workshops, career workshops, trips to diversity focused conferences and other social events to create healthy relationship between members, faculty, staff, and the local industry.

In fall 2018, the Department formed a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) committee to develop a departmental BPC plan focusing on increasing women’s participation in our undergraduate programs. Dean Robert Bishop has appointed additional faculty and staff as members of the BPC Committee. This Committee will work with the guide of an NCWIT Extension Services Consultant to create and maintain practices which will increase the recruitment of women in Computer Science and Engineering.

To learn more about NCWIT visit here.

BPC Members:

Jing Wang (Co-Chair), Instructor II
Dmitry Goldgof (Co-Chair), Professor and Vice-Chair
Ken Christensen, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs
Marvin Andujar, Assistant Professor
Shaun Canavan, Assistant Professor
Adriana Iamnitchi, Professor
Yao Liu, Associate Professor
Tempestt Neal, Assistant Professor
Paul Rosen, Assistant Professor
Schinnel Small, Instructor I
Bernard Baston, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Programs
Michelle King, Technology & Systems Analyst, Engineering Student Services