WHEN: January 8-10, 2016
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
WHAT: Inaugural summit of Black Women in Computing community leaders.
WHY: Black women’s experiences as learners and practitioners of the computing sciences can vary widely from those of non-minorities in the field. Consider, for example, the notion of a shared learning experience as a hallmark of education. Black Women often lack opportunities to form shared, communal programs due, in part, to the small number of black women enrolled in these programs. As a result, opportunities to form shared experiences, especially black women’s experiences from other groups so that we might better support – and by extension, increase the participation of – this unique group. This workshop will explore these differences, which can be represented broadly by the intersectionality of race and gender, to contribute to the body of computer science education research.
The goals of this workshop are three-fold:
1) To explore the intersectional experiences of black women in CS; and
2) To discuss why the computing community is not adequately supporting the recruiting and retention of black women in computing; and
3) To formulate strategies and a plan of action to address the lack of awareness and action around this intersectionality.
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