Birds of a Feather:
Student Organizations: Promoting Diversity in Computing through K-12 Outreach to Latinx and other Underrepresented Communities
Session Organizer/Presenters Event Type
Birds of a Feather
TimeThursday, September 172:45pm - 3:30pm
LocationCarlos Castillo Chavez Room
DescriptionIn order to create a truly diverse and inclusive community, we must expose K-12 students to careers in computing. While public schools across the country are incorporating computing education into their curricula, we believe that student organizations can also play an important part by serving as mentors and role models. In this session, we will share our experiences as underrepresented students in computing and members of the Latinx Organization for Growth in Computing and Academics (LOGiCA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). We will then have an open conversation with attendees on how student organizations can promote diversity in computing through outreach to Latinx and other underrepresented communities. We hope that through participation in this session, we can grow a national network of student leaders who share our goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive community for Latinx and other underrepresented individuals in computing.