Strategies for Building Momentum and Buy-in for BPC Efforts
Birds of a Feather
Broadening Participation in Computing
TimeWednesday, September 153:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
DescriptionBroadening Participation in Computing (BPC) is a growing movement that strives to address the inequities and underrepresentation of particular groups in computing. Since all voices are necessary to create institutionalized change, this BOF highlights the ways in which faculty, students, and staff are essential to advancing BPC goals. In this BOF session, participants will engage in a discussion of barriers to BPC work, strategies for managing resistance, and how to build buy-in to change culture. Additionally, we will discuss how BPC narratives are shaped and shared with computing departments, stakeholders, and decision-makers. The facilitation team, which includes faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will share insights from their multi-institutional research study on how departments select and implement BPC activities. Participants will leave with actionable strategies for supporting BPC work and will build community with others seeking to advance BPC goals.