Diversity Includes Disability Includes Mental Illness: Expanding the Scope of DEI Efforts in Computer Science
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Birds of a Feather
Broadening Participation in Computing
TimeThursday, September 163:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
DescriptionDespite the important and long overdue increase in the number of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in Computer Science, few of these endeavors are targeted toward students living with diagnosed mental illness despite the current mental health crisis, which is already having an effect on the field of computing.

This session seeks to explore ways in which current outreach efforts, recruitment and retention strategies, mentorship opportunities, community building, career advancement, etc. can be broadened and modified to meet the unique needs of students living with mental illness, while at the same time seeking to erase any stigma and misconceptions that may cause others to marginalize and exclude these students.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues that affect CS students living with mental illness, share resources, and describe efforts to create and foster a culture of understanding and support for neurodiverse communities within computing.