Teaching to Diversity in Computer Science
Date and Time: 1-4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Room: 2503B, Kansas City Convention Center
This pre-SIGCSE workshop will provide CS faculty the opportunity to discuss how culturally sensitive pedagogies can
enhance underrepresented students’ interest, success and retention in computer science. Following a
discussion on what it means to teach to diversity, examples of culturally relevant curriculum will be provided
from TIDES institutions and other colleges and universities. Workshop attendees will then be challenged to consider
how to infuse culture into their own CS courses. For additional information, please contact
TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) is an AAC&U STEM Initiative and is generously funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Agenda: Workshop Presentation
1:00 - 1:20 pm: Introductions and objectives (Helen Hu)
1:20 - 2:30 pm: What is culture? What it means to teach to diversity. Equality versus fairness. Includes group discussion. (Pat Campbell's slides)
2:30 - 2:45 pm: Break
2:45 - 3:15 pm: Some examples of culturally competent curriculum in CS:
3:15 - 4:00 pm: Working time for participants to consider how to infuse culture into their CS courses
- Doug Blank, Bryn Mawr
- Alvaro Monge, California State University, Long Beach: Engage-CSEdu
- Jaime Spacco, Knox College: Peer Instruction
- Albert Chan, Fayetteville State College
- Helen Hu, Westminster College: POGIL activities
4:00 - 4:15 pm: Groups report back
4:15 - 4:30 pm: Next steps and wrap-up
Workshop Feedback: Over 30 attendees participated in the workshop. 18 of the participants answered the
completed the end-of-workshop survey (which can be accessed through this link). Some of the takeways included:
- There is no silver bullet but some things can help.
- Cultural sensitivity is about avoiding insensitivity as it is about choosing relevant topics.
- Inclusivity is really hard. This was not a difficult audience but we all still recognize how difficult
a problem it is. Imagine trying to reach faculty who did not sign up for this workshop.
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