As part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) commitment to broaden participation in computing (BPC), several NSF CISE programs now require PIs to have a meaningful Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plan at the time of the award. To facilitate this requirement, computing departments are encouraged to develop Departmental BPC Plans that faculty can use in their proposals for those NSF programs.

To support academic institutions in developing a Departmental BPC Plan, the Computing Research Association (CRA) is hosting a virtual workshop on August 16, 2024. 

The workshop will present information on Departmental BPC Plans, resources to develop Plans, and most importantly, interactive activities and the opportunity to engage with BPC Plan consultants. This Workshop will have asynchronous and synchronous activities and an orientation session designed to guide participants through this workshop schedule. The orientation session will be recorded. 

Workshop Goals

  • Enhance understanding of BPC and institutional efforts, and
  • Develop a comprehensive Departmental BPC Plan outline or
  • Revise an existing Departmental BPC Plan


This workshop is open to all computing departmental faculty and administrators that do not have Departmental BPC Plans, are considering developing Departmental BPC Plans, or are in the process of developing or revising Departmental Plans. 


Each department needs to submit a single application, which will include information for all participants. Priority deadline to submit the application is July 12, 2024. Applications will be considered beyond July 12 based on availability. 

Click here to apply now!

Important Dates

  • Workshop application opens – May 28, 2024
  • Priority workshop application closes – July 12, 2024 (application will be considered beyond July 12 based on availability. 
  • Orientation Session – July 29, 2024 (will be recorded)
  • Workshop – August, 16, 2024 


Participating departments must have at least one registered attendee, preferably the person who will be leading the Departmental BPC Plan’s development. We strongly recommend at least two registrants, including a leadership representative, e.g., department head, dean, etc. 

There are no upper limits on the number of attendees.

We also encourage non-academic staff, research institute personnel, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professionals, and leaders from other broadening participation-related organizations to attend. Registrants do not need to have prior experience developing Departmental BPC Plans.


This workshop is funded by the NSF. There is no fee to apply 

General Logistics

This workshop will be virtual. Details will be shared with registrants via email.


Please indicate any requests for accessibility accommodations on your workshop application. Contact Toyamim Rahman at with any questions.

CRA Code of Conduct

All attendees agree to abide by the CRA Code of Conduct. Click here to view the full CRA Code of Conduct.


Note: The schedule is subject to change and will be updated with more details.


July 29, 2024
Time Session
11:00 AM ET – 1:00 PM ET

Workshop Orientation Session

The orientation session will be recorded.

August 16, 2024
Time Session
11:00 AM ET – 11:15 AM ET

Welcome Session

Speaker: Dr. Dorian Arnold, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Emory University

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

From Vision to Evaluation: The Evolution of BPC Success

Speaker: Dr. Tracy Camp, Executive Director and CEO, CRA

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Keynote: Perfecting the Pivot: Meeting Our Institutional Mission in the New D!v3r$1#y Realities

Speaker: Dr. Carol E. Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion | Chief Diversity Officer, Emory University

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

A Conversation with NSF: The BPC Initiative and Q&A

Speaker: Dr. Jeff Forbes, Program Director, NSF CISE

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Consultant Panel

Speaker(s): BPCnet BPC Plan Consultants

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Peer Plan Reviews & Debrief
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Closing and Next Steps

If you have any questions, please contact Toyamim Rahman at for more information.