SCS DEI Seminar

  • Remote Access - Zoom & Livestream
  • Virtual Presentation - ET
  • Program Director for the Education and Workforce Program
  • Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF CISE)
  • National Science Foundation

Exploring the National Science Foundation’s Work in Broadening Participation in Computing

The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) is committed to addressing  the longstanding underrepresentation of various populations— including women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities— in computing disciplines. CISE  encourages principal investigators to develop and submit plans to detail how they will broaden participation in computing (BPC) as part of their CISE research projects. This talk will provide an overview of CISE’s efforts in BPC, inform participants about the components of a meaningful BPC project and departmental plan, highlight ongoing and successful BPC activities, and discuss opportunities for funding of BPC including supplements, demonstration projects, and alliances.

Jeff Forbes is the lead Program Director for the Education & Workforce program in the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF CISE), managing programs that address the critical and complex issues of education and broadening participation in computing. He is currently the Director of Research & Policy for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. From 2001-2019, Jeff was on the faculty of Duke University where he was an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science. He received his BS and PhD in computer science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His research interests include computer science education, social information processing, and learning analytics.

Host: Rachel Burcin (RI)

Zoom Participation  ⇒  CMU Community Only   |   Panopto Simulcast  ⇒  Open to the Public

About the Series: The School of Computer Science has launched a seminar series focusing on the impact of issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion in computer science. During the spring 2021 semester, we will explore such topics as broadening participation and access in computing and STEM, ethics and bias in AI, and justice and health as they relate to computer science. The series features speakers from academia, nonprofits and government to provide a broad perspective.   Talks are simulcast and available to all, and will be recorded for later viewing.

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