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Thu 21 Mar 2024 16:35 - 17:00 at Meeting Rooms B117-119 - Internships & Diversity Chair(s): Miracle Etim-Andy

Background: The goal of affirmative action programs (AAPs) is to increase the representation of people from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) in the workforce. AAPs can unintentionally signal that a person from a HUG was selected for a position based on their gender or race/ethnicity rather than their merit. We call this signal the diversity-hire narrative. In computing, prior work has found that women hear the diversity-hire narrative during their computer science (CS) internships, but women’s experiences surrounding the narrative have not been thoroughly explored.

Objectives: We seek to understand the (1) sources, (2) impacts, and (3) how women respond to the diversity-hire narrative.

Methods: We conducted 23 semi-structured interviews with third and fourth year undergraduate CS students. We analyzed these interviews qualitatively.

Results: Women and non-binary students reported hearing the diversity-hire narrative from family members and peers. Our work illustrates that undergraduate women in CS appear to be affected by the diversity-hire narrative in two. In particular, our participants reported (1) feeling self doubt and (2) having their success attributed to their identity. Participants responded to the diversity-hire narrative by stating that (1) their peers are jealous, (2) ignoring the narrative, (3) diversity-programs address equity issues, (4) working harder, and (5) believing that CS is meritocracy.

Implications: Our results expand our understanding of the experiences that may negatively impact women in undergraduate CS programs while they are transitioning to the workforce.

Thu 21 Mar

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15:45 - 17:00
Internships & DiversityPapers at Meeting Rooms B117-119
Chair(s): Miracle Etim-Andy University of Maryland
15:45
25m
Talk
Micro-internships and Career Focused Programs as Mechanisms for Diversifying Computing
Papers
Kristina Kramarczuk University of Maryland, College Park, Kate Atchison University of Maryland, College Park, Monica Hilliard University of Maryland, Jandelyn Plane University of Maryland, College Park / Ripon College, Sally Bond The Program Evaluation Group-LLC, Caitlin Rudy University of Maryland, David Weintrop University of Maryland
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16:10
25m
Talk
Sealing the Deal: Factors That Promote Computing Interns’ Interest in Computing Careers
Papers
Kathleen Lehman University of California, Los Angeles, Kaitlyn N. Stormes Momentum, UCLA School of Education and Information Studies, Katie Smith Temple University, Julia Lapan University of Virginia
DOI
16:35
25m
Talk
The Diversity-Hire Narrative in CS: Sources, Impacts, and Responses
Papers
Christopher Perdriau University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Vidushi Ojha University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kaitlynn Gray Harvey Mudd College, Brent Lagesse University of Washington Bothell, Colleen M. Lewis University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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