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Broadening Participation of Hispanics in Computing: The CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance

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2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

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Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 14, 2019

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April 14, 2019

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April 22, 2019

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Track: Special Topic - Computing & Technology Technical Session 3

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Diversity and Special Topic: Computing & Technology

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9

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Elsa Q. Villa University of Texas, El Paso

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Elsa Q. Villa, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in the College of Education, and is Director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies (CERPS). Dr. Villa received her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University; she received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Arts in Education from UTEP. She has led and co-led numerous grants from corporate foundations and state and federal agencies, and has numerous publications in refereed journals and edited books. Her research interests include communities of practice, gender, transformative learning, and identity.

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Sarah Hug Colorado Evaluation & Research Consulting

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Dr. Sarah Hug is Director of Colorado Evaluation & Research Consulting. Dr. Hug earned her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research and evaluation efforts focus on learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a special interest in communities of practice, creativity, and experiences of underrepresented groups in these fields across multiple contexts.

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Heather Thiry Golden Evaluation

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David S. Knight The University of Texas, El Paso

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David Knight is Associate Director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies and assistant professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at The University of Texas at El Paso. His research examines educator labor markets, school finance, and cost-effectiveness analysis. He received his PhD in urban education policy and MA in economics from the University of Southern California and bachelor’s degrees in economics and anthropology from the University of Kansas.

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Elizabeth Fomby Hall The University of Texas, El Paso

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Elizabeth Hall, M.A., serves as manager for the CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance, as well as assistant director in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). As manager for the CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance, she works on a national basis to coordinate and motivate regional leads; facilitate CAHSI's External Advisory Board; and serve as a liaison to CAHSI's policy team, all so that CAHSI's 60 partners can collectively realize the Alliance's vision of Hispanics representing 20% or more of those who earn credentials in computing by the year 2030. In her role in UTEP's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Elizabeth assembles interdisciplinary project teams and embeds herself within them in order to conceptualize, write, and submit large, institutional grant proposals. Prior to her time at UTEP, she served for four years in the offices of the President and the Provost at Cameron University, and for three years at Boston University in the Office of Religious Life.

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Andrea Tirres University of Texas, El Paso

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Abstract

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer occupations grew by nearly a factor of 20 between 1975 and 2015. In spite of the boom in computer science enrollments that has tripled enrollments in Ph.D.-granting institutions since 2006, these enrollments are not enough to fill available jobs now or in the distant future. To address this demand for computing professionals, the National Science Foundation selected the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) in 2018 to serve as the lead partner and backbone of an INCLUDES alliance comprised of over 40 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, industry partners, and other stakeholders who are committed to growing and sustaining a networked community to recruit, retain, and accelerate the progress of Hispanics in computing. INCLUDES is as comprehensive initiative undertaken by NSF to broaden participation in STEM by shifting from single-project efforts to a collaborative approach across stakeholders who share a common agenda. The 20-30 vision of the CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance is to increase the number of Hispanics with computing credentials who represent 20% or more of those in computing professions by the year 2030. This will be accomplished through the establishment of dispersed regional networks that collaborate with diverse stakeholders to leverage resources and solutions. These networks are supported by network leaders, CAHSI signatures practices, a network of experts known as Maestr@s, CAHSI Student Advocates and Scholars, and the communication infrastructure housed in the CAHSI National Center. The culmination of these coordinated efforts is an inclusive educational and research environment for Hispanic students enrolling, graduating, and advancing in computing fields. This paper will describe how the CAHSI Alliance is organized and aligned to meet this bold vision.

Villa, E. Q., & Hug, S., & Thiry, H., & Knight, D. S., & Hall, E. F., & Tirres, A. (2019, April), Broadening Participation of Hispanics in Computing: The CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31745

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