Beyond Broadening Participation: Strategies To Enhance the Retention, Persistence, And Wellbeing Of Underrepresented Minorities In Computing
Event Type
TimeThursday, September 83:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LocationConvCtr 147 B
DescriptionDespite the nation’s progress towards gender and racial equality, marginalized groups continue to be underrepresented in the tech field. As a result, when compared to their peers, women and minorities often feel unwelcome and lack a sense of belonging in their work and learning environment. According to researchers, students who experience uncertainty and distress about their belonging are left with less time to spend on their academics and other experiential learning opportunities. The time and energy they could put into learning and building connections is instead spent on concerns of not belonging in their field or major. These feelings influenced the decision of many marginalized students to pursue a non-technical degree and/or career. Therefore, in an effort to address this, the Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion piloted CSMore (Rising Sophomore Summer Program in Computer Science) and CSMore Works to improve their retention, persistence, and overall sense of belonging for underrepresented populations in computing.

Within this session, the facilitators will provide (1) a brief overview of the CSMore and CSMore Works programs, (2) best practices for administrators to successfully model these programs at their respective institutions, (3) opportunities for faculty to fulfill their passion for service, or outreach requirements for grant funded research projects, through similar initiatives, and (4) strategies for students on how to integrate key components of the aforementioned programs into their member services and understand their power and privilege to become change agents.
Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion