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. 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), in collaboration with Morehouse College, is hosting a fully-funded in-person workshop on May 30th- June 1st, 2023 in Atlanta, GA.

The workshop will present information on Departmental BPC Plans, hands-on activities and resources to develop Plans, and the opportunity to engage with BPC Plan consultants



This workshop is open to all computing department faculty and administrators developing Departmental BPC Plans. We highly recommend (but do not require) that each department participates in the workshop in teams of 2-3. For each department, we ask that at least one participant represent the leadership (e.g., department heads, deans, etc.) at the workshop. 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.



While each department may send up to three representatives to attend the workshop, we only require one application. The person that completes the application on behalf of the department will be asked to provide information on the other representatives (e.g., name, email). The extended deadline for application is Sunday, April 16th.

Workshop Dates

Tuesday, May 30th – Thursday June 1st



Up to three representatives from each department will be accepted to participate in the workshop. We ask department leadership to prioritize attending with a computing department faculty or administrator that will be developing the Departmental BPC Plan.



This workshop is funded by the NSF. Attendees will be reimbursed for their travel expenses in accordance with CRA’s travel policy.


General Logistics

The workshop will be hosted at The Candler Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Details on lodging information will be shared with registrants via email.



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


CRA Code of Conduct

CRA is committed to uniting industry, academia, and government to advance computer science research to positively impact the world. Key to this commitment is increasing the success and participation of computing researchers. CRA recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every individual and group to contribute to its mission. CRA embraces and encourages diversity and inclusion.

To achieve its mission, CRA provides a safe and welcoming environment, free from discrimination and harassment, for all participants in all CRA-sponsored activities. Participants include but are not limited to, attendees, sponsored attendees, guests, speakers, CRA staff, external vendors, sponsors, CRA board members, CRA committee members, CRA committee board members, faculty mentors, and student mentees. CRA-sponsored activities include, but are not limited to, its workshops, conferences, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, board meetings, CRA’s work environment, all ancillary social gatherings, and online communications, including email and social media, and verbal communications to organize or otherwise contribute to these activities.

All CRA activity participants are required to treat each other with respect in all their behavior, e.g., speech, actions, and online communications.  CRA prohibits discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior at CRA activities includes but is not limited to:

Discrimination  Any behavior that discriminates, abuses, offends, or denigrates other participants based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, appearance, political affiliation, religion, veteran status,  or any other personal characteristic or identity.

Sexual and Physical Harassment  Any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or conduct of a perceived sexual nature. For example, propositions, comments on physical appearance, offensive sexual comments, promises of favors for sexual activity, physical threats, touching, sexual assault, physical assault, and displaying of sexual images.

Harassment  Any behavior directed at individuals that intimidates, abuses, offends, disrupts, denigrates, creates psychological, physical or physiological fear, bullies, stalks, records, or in any way interferes with these individuals’ participation or responsibilities at CRA activities.

Retaliation  Any harassment directed at individuals who report or bear witness to violations or investigations of potential violations of the CRA Code of Conduct, or falsely reporting violations of the CRA Code of Conduct.

Be thoughtful in all your communications.  “Having no intent to offend” and “joking” do not make unacceptable behavior acceptable.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Participation in CRA activities is considered a privilege, not a right. CRA reserves the right to:

  • remove individuals from any CRA activity without warning and without reimbursing or refunding meeting participation costs;
  • prohibit individuals from participating in future CRA activities;
  • remove individuals from CRA leadership positions; and
  • prevent individuals from deriving benefits from CRA activities.
In addition, if it comes to CRA’s attention that someone is under investigation or has been judged by their home institution or any legal body for actions and/or behavior outside of CRA-sponsored activities that do not align with the intents and purposes of the CRA code of conduct, CRA may temporarily or permanently apply these consequences.

Reporting of and Responses to Unacceptable Behavior
Targets of unacceptable behavior should first take appropriate actions to ensure their immediate safety.

Targets of unacceptable behavior should contact CRA staff and designated participants in person at ongoing CRA activities or by phone or email. CRA will post the designated people and contact information for each CRA activity and additional details on reporting on this website.  These designated individuals may take immediate action on verbal reports of unacceptable behavior, such as removing an individual who may have violated the code of conduct from the CRA activity.

Targets and witnesses of unacceptable behavior are encouraged to file a formal complaint with CRA using the designated process.

CRA requests all participants to act if they notice a dangerous situation and to report violations of this code of conduct to Burçin Tamer at


Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Time Session
3:00 PM Registration
Location: Pre-Function, 2nd Floor
6:00 PM Reception
Location: Heritage Ballroom
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Time Session
8:00 AM Breakfast
Location: 2nd Floor Rotunda
9:00 AM Welcome
9:30 AM A Conversation with NSF: The BPC Initiative and Q&A
Speaker: Manuel Pérez-Quiñones
Location: Heritage Ballroom

An explanation of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) initiatives to scale up BPC efforts in the computing community, including the CISE Directorate’s requirement for Principal Investigators (PIs) to submit a BPC Project Plans with research proposals.
10:00 AM Developing BPC Plans: Plan Types and Strategies
Speaker: Tracy Camp
Location: Heritage Ballroom

An overview of how to develop Departmental BPC Plans that reflect your own department’s strategy for broadening participation in computing, within your specific context, and in ways that help faculty develop the BPC Project Plans required for proposals.
10:25 AM Developing BPC Plans: Resources
Speaker: Wendy DuBow

The session will provide an overview of the resource-filled website and the other ways supports departments.

10:45 AM Break
Location: Second Floor Rotunda
11:00 AM Departmental BPC Plan: Goals and Context
Speaker: Luther Tychenoviech

This session will guide departments on how to write the “Context” and “Goals” sections of their Departmental BPC Plans.

11:20 AM Writing Session: Drafting Your Plan’s Goals and Context
Led by: Luther Tychenoviech

Departments will work in groups, with the support of BPC Plan consultants, to draft the “Goals and Context” sections of their Departmental BPC Plans.

12:30 PM Lunch
Location: By George Restaurant
1:30 PM Writing Session Debrief
Led by: Luther Tychenoviech
1:40 PM Departmental BPC Plan: Activities
Speaker: Colleen Lewis
Location: Heritage Ballroom


This session will guide departments on how to approach the “Activities” sections of their Departmental BPC Plans.

2:00 PM Writing Session: Drafting Your Plan’s Activities
Led by: Colleen Lewis

Departments will work in groups, with the support of BPC Plan consultants, to draft the “Activities” sections of their Departmental BPC Plans.

3:10 PM Break
3:25 PM Writing Session Debrief
Led by: Colleen Lewis
3:35 PM How Evaluation Can Drive BPC Actions
Speaker: Tray Camp
Location: Heritage Ballroom

This session will include guidance on how to use evaluation to drive action, using CS@Mines as an example
3:55 PM Writing Session: Drafting Your Plan’s Measurements
Led by: Tracy Camp
4:35 PM Open Forum on BPC (and BPC Plans): Questions and Comments
Speaker: BPC Plan Consultants
Location: Heritage Ballroom
6:30 PM Dinner
Location: Heritage Ballroom
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Time Session
8:00 AM Breakfast
Location: 2nd Floor Rotunda
9:00 AM Day 1 Debrief
Location: Heritage Ballroom
9:10 AM Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Developing and Implementing a BPC Plan
Speaker: Dorian Arnold
Location: Heritage Ballroom

This interactive session will describe commonly encountered barriers in developing and implementing a Departmental BPC Plan, how to best integrate a BPC Plan into the department/institution, and how to get buy-in from faculty.
9:30 AM How to Engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities Early and Often
Speaker: Kinnis Gosha
Location: Heritage Ballroom

This session will talk strategically about HBCUs and how to engage them. Possessing firsthand experience with more than 21 NSF grants, Dr. Kinnis Gosha will facilitate a candid discussion:- Relationship building with HBCU faculty, students, and administrators as subject matter experts, research collaborators, and colleagues
– Intentional budgets, publications, and measurable outcomes aligned with HBCU research goals and strategic plans
– What works and what never works when collaborating on proposals, implementing projects, reporting data, and evaluating studies. Participants in this session will also leave with an HBCU Engagement Toolkit that they can include in their BPC Departmental Plans.
10:30 AM Peer Reviews and Discussions
Led by: Dorian Arnold
Location: Heritage BallroomIn this session, departments will work in pairs to discuss their Departmental BPC Plans and receive peer feedback.
12:00 PM Next Steps: Socializing, Finalizing, and Submitting your Plans
Led by: Dorian Arnold
Location: Heritage BallroomThis session will review guidance on the 3 things you should do after the workshop: Socialize your plan, Finalize it, and then Submit it for verification to
12:20 PM Closing Remarks
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM IAAMCS Guidelines Workshop and Morehouse College Tour (Optional)
Location: Morehouse College

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn using the IAAMCS Guidelines to gain an in-depth understanding of research- and experience-based actions that support the successful mentorship of Black/African American students in Computing Sciences. This workshop will also include student and alumni testimonials and a moderated panel discussion on HBCU-collaborated grant proposals, “What does it take to get the button pushed?” The panel will include representation from the Office of Sponsored Programs, Research & Undergraduate Student Training, STEM administrative and teaching faculty, and the AUC Data Science Initiative. Lastly, IAAMCS Programs will be discussed in detail along with clear guidelines on how to include IAAMCS programs in your BPC strategy.



If you have any questions, please contact Roohia Meer at for more information.