Diversity Drives Innovation—Taking Action to Change the Face of Computing
The BPCnet Resource Portal is a clearinghouse for the community to learn about and engage with ongoing projects to diversify computing. The BPCnet serves two key roles:
- Increase visibility of ongoing broadening participation efforts and community awareness of these efforts.
- Assist NSF PIs in planning meaningful Broader Impact components of their proposals.
These resources are designed to increase NSF PI understanding of, interest in, and ability to engage with existing activities designed to support BPC at All levels.
These resources are designed to simplify departments’ BPC efforts by assisting departments in establishing a plan that fits and engages in impactful projects.
White Paper on the CISE BPC Plan Pilot
This document was developed by reviewers participating in the CISE Broadening Participation pilot, as a resource for PIs as they develop plans to include with proposal submissions. To protect the confidentiality of the review process, the names of the authors are not disclosed, nor are individual proposals discussed.
Helpful Articles Related to Broadening Participation in Computing
NSF Highlights Expanded Efforts for Broadening Participation in Computing
This article highlights the newly expanded CISE efforts to broaden participation in computing.
Hall, M., Pérez-Quiñones, M., Ladner, R., Levitt, D., (2018). “Broadening Participation in Computing Is Easier Than You Think, Blog@CACM, Dec. 2018.”
The computing field is not nearly as diverse as the users of the technology it produces. This presentation was originally presented at CRA’s Snowbird Conference in 2018 as a panel discussion by experts working on increasing diversity in computing. Slides available here.
DuBow, W., Quinn, B.A., Townsend, G.C., Robinson, R. & Barr, V., (2016). “Efforts to Make Computer Science More Inclusive of Women.” ACM Inroads. 7(4), 74-80.
This article was part of ACM Inroads, and is an overview of the BPC-related offerings of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM-W), and the Anita Borg Institute (ABI.org).
Sax, L., Lehman, K., Jacobs, J.A., Kanny, M. A., Lim, G., Monje-Paulson, L., Zimmerman, H.B., (2017). The Anatomy of an Enduring Gender Gap: The Evolution of Women’s Participation in Computer Science
This article reported findings from a national study of 8 million college students from 1971-2011 to: (a) document trends in aspirations to major in computer science among undergrad women and men; (b) explore the characteristics of women and men who choose to major in CS and how this population has evolved over time; and (c) identify the key determinants of the gender gap in the selection of CS majors.