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Sat 23 Mar 2024 14:10 - 14:35 at Meeting Room E146 - Reaching New Audiences Chair(s): Hedayat Zarkoob

While it is well known that Black women are underrepresented in computing, less is known about their pre-college experiences. We hypothesize that inequities at the K-12 level result in Black women’s underrepresentation in computing, because Black women have accumulated less social capital and are less embedded in courses and organizations related to computing prior to college. This paper reports the initial findings from the first round of a survey designed to gather the pre-college computing experiences of Black women and their peers. Black women in our sample were less likely to report participating in formal computer science (CS) education in school, slightly more likely to report participation in computing programs outside of school, about equally likely to pursue computing experiences independently, and more likely to have had no pre-college computing experiences at all. We found that Black women were less likely to report that they were told they would be a good computer scientist, especially by friends, teachers, and guidance counselors, thus reflecting weaker social connections and lower levels of social capital. These findings suggest that organizational embeddedness or social ties from pre-college computing experiences may indeed be a factor in Black women’s underrepresentation in computing and that access to these experiences outside of the formal classroom may be particularly important. The survey is one part of a study that will feature a second round of data collection in another state, analysis of state-level longitudinal data, and interviews with Black women.

Sat 23 Mar

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13:45 - 15:00
Reaching New AudiencesPapers at Meeting Room E146
Chair(s): Hedayat Zarkoob University of British Columbia
13:45
25m
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CONTENTR: An Experiential Game for Teaching Value Tradeoffs in Social Media GovernanceOnlineIn-Person
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Anna Lenhart Univeristy of Maryland, Sarah Gilbert Cornell University, Katie Shilton University of Maryland
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14:10
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Reaching Black Women interested in Computing: The importance of organizational tiesOnlineIn-PersonMSI
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Bailey Brown Spelman College, Rebecca Zarch SageFox Consulting Group, Amanda Menier SageFox Consulting Group, Talia Goldwasser SageFox Consulting Group, Megean Garvin UMBC, Celeste Lee Spelman College, Jayce R. Warner Gibson Consulting Group, Tamara Pearson Georgia Institute of Technology
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14:35
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Investigating Student Mistakes in Introductory Data Science ProgrammingOnlineIn-Person
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Anjali Singh University of Michigan School of Information, Anna Fariha , Christopher Brooks University of Michigan, Gustavo Soares Microsoft, Austin Z. Henley Microsoft, Ashish Tiwari Microsoft, Chethan M Microsoft, Heeryung Choi MIT, Sumit Gulwani Microsoft
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