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Broadening Participation through Information: A Synthesis of Resources for Research and Practice in Computing and Computer Science

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2022 CoNECD (Collaborative Network for Engineering & Computing Diversity)

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

February 20, 2022

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February 20, 2022

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July 20, 2022

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Technical Session 4 - Paper 5: Broadening Participation through Information: A Synthesis of Resources for Research and Practice in Computing and Computer Science

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Sessions

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9

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https://peer.asee.org/39105

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201

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Anu Tuladhar Medtronic

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Anu graduated in 2021 with her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Within engineering education, she is working on understanding the effects of a mentorship program on the connectedness and resiliency of students, and how student-run organizations evolve to meet student needs. Currently, she is employed as an R&D Sensors Engineer I at Medtronic, and continues to work for increasing representation and diversity within engineering in the workplace.

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Carin Queener University of Michigan

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Carin Queener has a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering, and is now working in industry.

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Joi-lynn Mondisa University of Michigan Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3959-6548

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Joi Mondisa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and an Engineering Education Faculty Member at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Dr. Mondisa earned a PhD in Engineering Education, an MS in Industrial Engineering, an MBA, and a BS in General Engineering. She researches STEM mentoring experiences and mentoring intervention programs in higher education.

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Kinnis Gosha Morehouse College

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Dr. Kinnis Gosha (Go-Shay) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Culturally Relevant Computer Lab at Morehouse College. Dr. Gosha’s research interests include conversational agents, social media data analytics, computer science education, broadening participation in computing and culturally relevant computing. More specifically, Gosha's passion lies in his research in virtual mentoring where he has several peer-reviewed research publications. Gosha's Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is comprised of approximately 10 top undergraduate researchers each year from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The lab investigates research problems centered on creating innovative computing technologies to solve cultural problems and issues. To date, Dr. Gosha has accrued over $7.6 million dollars in sponsored research funding and over 40 peer reviewed research publications.

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Abstract

Computer science has long been a discipline in which those who are able to participate often come from backgrounds in which they have been afforded exposure, training, and support in computing. In the field of computer science, minoritized students (e.g., persons who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and/or American Indian/Alaska Native) may experience a variety of barriers such as a lack of support or access to resources. While initiatives and resources that support broadening the participation of minoritized students in computing do exist, they may not be well known or well publicized. Specifically, there is information about several computer science resources and opportunities in computing scattered across different mediums such as websites and social media platforms. However, there is a lack of a synthesis of this information. To address this issue, we propose a Computer Science (CS), Tech, and STEM Mentoring Resources Repository that consists of information about conferences, organizations, programs, scholarships, and more. This resource will help to inform students, especially minoritized students, about opportunities in these highly homogeneous fields. To synthesize this information, we conducted a series of searches for computing and STEM resources, specific to Black students and professionals. The purpose of our work is to provide a collection of CS and STEM resources that exist across several mediums. This work is guided by the question: what resources (e.g., conferences, programs, websites, etc.) exist that support research and practice in computing and computer science? In this paper, we present an overview of interventions and resources related to computing and computer science, and discuss the implications of the use and impact of a resources repository. This work provides information about potential opportunities and resources that can help to inform and increase interest and participation in computing and computer science. Keywords: Computer Science, Computing, Race/Ethnicity, Resources

Tuladhar, A., & Queener, C., & Mondisa, J., & Gosha, K. (2022, February), Broadening Participation through Information: A Synthesis of Resources for Research and Practice in Computing and Computer Science Paper presented at 2022 CoNECD (Collaborative Network for Engineering & Computing Diversity) , New Orleans, Louisiana. https://peer.asee.org/39105

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