BPC Activity Library

The BPCnet Resource Portal seeks to amplify efforts in broadening participation in computing. This portal is for NSF PIs and Department Chairs as a resource to simplify and increase significance of the Broader Impacts components of every CISE proposal and Departmental Plan. The BPCnet Resource Portal is a clearinghouse for the community to learn about and engage with ongoing projects to diversify computing.

The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors technical projects that demonstrate high creativity and potential societal impact. Mentoring students to apply for this award offers those students guidance to accomplish a challenging project, the reinforcement of individual encouragement, and the chance to receive high-profile recognition. These benefits can help to retain underrepresented students.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
A self-guided course that faculty and administrators can complete either individually or as a department to hone in on what they can do at their institutions to recruit and/or retain students. The course includes videos, slide decks, and good social science research related to BPC and can be completed in pieces or modules.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Graduate, High School, Mid Career, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is an introductory computer science curriculum for high school or college students. BJC emphasizes the joy and complexity of creating visual computer programs and applications, balanced with critical reflection on the impacts of new computing technology. BJC is an AP CS Principles course supported by the NSF and endorsed by the College Board and code.org.
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Intended Level(s):
High School, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Women
AccessComputing helps students with disabilities successfully pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in computing fields. Students who join the AccessComputing Team participate in an online mentoring community and are eligible to request funding for conference travel, tutoring, and internships.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, High School, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
Climate surveys are a great way to gauge the experiences of diverse groups in your department or organization. Be sure to ask about disability in such a survey.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Graduate, Mid Career, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
The BRAID Research project is a mixed-methods study that examines computing students, faculty, and departments at fifteen participating institutions across the country as they work to broaden the participation in computing. The BRAID Research team has collected data from students, instructors, department chairs, and staff. Findings based on these data are listed on our website.
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Intended Level(s):
Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Women
Offer a workshop, camp, or after school program to introduce students with disabilities to computer science.
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Intended Level(s):
Elementary School, High School, Middle School

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
AccessComputing staff members work with hundreds of students with disabilities. Many capable participants are looking for internship opportunities.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
The purpose of the CSPD toolkit is to train CS students, professionals or faculty to lead CS activities with children and young people. The toolkit provides training resources and videos illustrating best practices in out-of-school time learning.
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Intended Level(s):
Elementary School, High School, Middle School

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
EngageCSEdu helps broaden participation in computing by empowering faculty to improve curriculum and pedagogy in introductory courses so that ALL students are engaged, feel included, and are part of an inclusive student culture. It includes a living collection of peer-reviewed introductory CS course materials and an Engagement Practices Framework.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Graduate, High School, Mid Career, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
The Data Buddies Project is used to conduct systematic evaluations of programs/workshops, track career paths and outcomes of computing students, and report on the state of the computing research talent pool available to the computing community.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
DREU matches promising undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor's institution, with an objective to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups (i.e. women, minorities, persons with disabilities) who are enrolled in graduate studies in the fields of computer science and computer engineering.
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Intended Level(s):
Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
Hosting a panel of students with disabilities is a great way to help faculty, staff, or other stakeholders learn more about the issues that students with disabilities face in postsecondary education. These panels can be held as part of a larger workshop on disability, as a standalone meeting, or as a part of a regularly-held departmental meeting.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
Hackathons focusing on the accessibility of IT for people with disabilities can be used to introduce computing students and professionals to accessibility issues and solutions and increase their awareness about the need for making technologies that they design accessible to a broad audience that includes people with disabilities.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Graduate, Mid Career, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
In these standards-aligned lessons, students form their own questions about the world around them, analyze data using multiple statistical methods and introductory programming, and write a research paper about their findings. The lessons are lightweight, and can be integrated into mainstream math, social studies, business, economics classes - as well as the standard CS course.
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Intended Level(s):
High School, Middle School

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
The CRA-WP Grad Cohort for URMD Workshop aims to increase the ranks of underserved groups and persons with disabilities in computing-related studies and research by building and mentoring nationwide underrepresented communities through their graduate studies.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities
The CRA-WP Grad Cohort Workshop for Women aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing-related studies and research by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their graduate studies.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate

Intended Population:
Women
A blog post for those newer to the idea of Broadening Participation in Computing and why it’s important. This post address the factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of some groups of people and shares actionable steps that individuals can take to move the field forward.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Elementary School, Graduate, High School, Mid Career, Middle School, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the NCWIT and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas uses the powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds who are in technology fields and recognize the power of innovation to change the world. CISE PIs are invited to host a TECHNOLOchicas event.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Elementary School, Graduate, High School, Mid Career, Middle School, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Hispanic, Women
Consider how you can develop and deliver courses that are inclusive of students with a wide variety of disabilities and other characteristics by utilizing frameworks like universal design of instruction.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
Ensure your lab and/or department website, videos, and documents are accessible to students with disabilities.
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Intended Level(s):
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
AccessComputing is an NSF Broadening Participation Alliance that works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing education and careers. AccessComputing partners work together to make computing courses, resources, programs, and/or project activities more welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Graduate, Mid Career, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
The NCWIT AspireIT program peer-lead computing education for K-12 girls, powered by NCWIT, is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments. AspireIT participants are ultimately encouraged to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas to future innovations.
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Intended Level(s):
Elementary School, Graduate, High School, Middle School, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
Capacity building institutes (CBI) bring people together to collaboratively identify solutions to specific problems. Participants may come from across disciplines, departments, and/or institutions. AccessComputing project has worked with universities to organize CBIs that bring together individuals on their campuses to identify, implement, and institutionalize policies, practices, and procedures.
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Intended Level(s):
Early Career, Graduate, Mid Career, Undergraduate

Intended Population:
Persons with Disabilities
Students apply mathematical concepts and rigorous programming to creating a videogame, through a series of standards-aligned lessons (both math & CS standards). Lessons can be taught as a separate, standalone CS class, or can be integrated into a mainstream math class, delivered by a math teacher with no prior CS experience. Students have shown improvement on standard, pencil-and-paper math tasks.
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Intended Level(s):
High School, Middle School

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women
Extension Services (ES) partners with academic departments of computing to provide a two-year customized consultation model to increase women’s participation in undergraduate programs. Using a research-based systemic change model, ES consultants work with departmental committees to develop and implement a strategic recruitment and retention plan producing measurable short- and long-term results.
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Intended Level(s):
Undergraduate

Intended Population:
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women

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