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Building Capacity and Community for Broadening Participation in Computing by Jamie Payton

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In order to provide an equitable foundation for all to participate in an increasingly tech-enabled society and to advance the preparation of a diverse, innovative, and competitive tech workforce that is equipped to deliver solutions that consider the lived experiences of our citizenry, it is critical to catalyze change that can address the longstanding exclusion of students from historically marginalized groups in computing education. In this talk, I will present advancements in research and practice for creating equitable and inclusive computing education experiences that act as part of a system to increase the representation of students from historically excluded groups in computing.

In particular, I will highlight the approaches employed by the STARS Computing Corps Alliance for Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) for building capacity, igniting action, and fostering community for diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing. As an alliance, STARS serves as a national resource, providing materials, training, partnerships, and infrastructure that support computing faculty to develop, adopt, and sustain approaches that engage students in justice-centered computing education experiences as a strategy for broadening participation in computing at their institutions. STARS also serves as a nexus, with convenings that mobilize propagation of BPC practices and provides researchers with opportunities to disseminate peer-reviewed work on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in computing. I will also highlight efforts within the NSF National AI Institute for Inclusive Intelligent Technologies for Education (INVITE), which advances research to collaboratively develop AI-enabled systems for K12 STEM learning in partnership with K12 teachers that advance the development of persistence, academic resilience, and collaboration skills that underlie learning.

In addition to highlighting the design principles and resulting outcomes of the STARS and INVITE projects, this talk will explore implications for expanding pathways for equity-focused computing education and opportunities to leverage these foundations for equity-focused AI education.


Jamie Payton is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University. Her research interests include pervasive computing systems for smart health and well-being, broadening participation of historically excluded groups in computing, and evidence-based approaches to improving computer science education. She is the Director of the STARS Computing Corps, a national alliance of over 70 colleges and universities with a shared mission to develop department, faculty, and student leadership in broadening participation of historically excluded groups in computing. As a co-founder of the International Conference on Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), Payton has led efforts to establish a scholarly venue that bring together researchers in computer science, education, learning sciences, gender studies, sociology, and related fields to disseminate and promote interdisciplinary research on broadening participation in computing. Payton is also a Co-PI and Director of Broadening Participation for the NSF AI Institute for Inclusive and Innovative Technologies for Education (INVITE), leading efforts to provide opportunities to develop knowledge about the use, control, and impact of AI-enabled systems and to actively build a diverse future workforce to create the next generation of AI technologies. 

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