Increasing Diversity in PhD Programs in Computing: Lessons Learned from the LEAP Alliance
Panel Moderator
Event Type
TimeThursday, September 81:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
LocationConvCtr 143 ABC
DescriptionThis panel will provide an opportunity for representatives from the NSF BPC LEAP Alliance to discuss lessons learned with respect to increasing diversity of their doctoral programs in computing. The goal of the LEAP Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field. According to the CRA Taulbee Survey, only about 4% of the tenure-track faculty at PhD-granting universities are from underrepresented communities. The LEAP Alliance focuses on African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans/Indigenous People, and People with Disabilities. The panel will discuss lessons learned with respect to modifications to their recruiting methods and effective strategies for admissions and retention of diverse doctoral students. The panel will identify what has worked well and areas for continued improvement. The LEAP Alliance has some major achievements that include creating a community among the LEAP Advocates for honest discussions, establishing a community of LEAP Fellows, and increase the first year students from the target communities by 46% from Fall 2020 to Fall 2021.