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Thu 21 Mar 2024 10:45 - 11:10 at Meeting Room D136 - Peer Mentoring

Studying computer science is a journey: people start at different times, travel at different paces, and pause along the way. In this experience report, we describe a peer-led, year-long program designed to welcome students to Computer Science and Engineering as a discipline, department, and academic program. We detail the logistical, curricular, and personnel structures of this program, highlighting design choices we made to (a) open multiple ways to join the program throughout the year, (b) de-emphasize “winning more” and “getting ahead”, and (c) prioritize reflection and connect students to existing resources. Throughout, we emphasize the critical role of peer mentors in leading and shaping this space. We share our own lessons learned, as well as reflections from students and mentors on the value of this learning community outside the formal classroom structures.

Thu 21 Mar

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10:45 - 12:00
Peer MentoringPapers at Meeting Room D136
10:45
25m
Talk
Welcoming students to undergraduate Computer Science programs: On-ramps, rest areas, and lane changes
Papers
Niharika Bhaskar University of California San Diego, Amari Lewis University of California San Diego, Rona Darabi University of California San Diego, Joana Fang University of California Los Angeles, Jingting Liu University of California San Diego, Kristen Vaccaro University of California, San Diego, Joe Gibbs Politz University of California at San Diego, Mia Minnes UC San Diego
DOI
11:10
25m
Talk
The Experience of Near-Peer Computing Mentors: Strengthening and Expanding Women’s Computing Identities in Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Contexts
Papers
Jennifer Rosales Barnard College, Elizabeth Melville Columbia University, Melissa Wright Barnard College, Saima Akhtar Barnard College, Rebecca Wright Barnard College
DOI
11:35
25m
Talk
Virtual Peer Mentoring to Develop a Sense of Belonging During COVID-19 – A Pilot StudyMSI
Papers
Sonal Dekhane Georgia Gwinnett College, Hyesung Park Georgia Gwinnett College, Lorraine Jonassen Georgia Gwinnett College, Wei Jin Georgia Gwinnett College
DOI