Diversifying Computer Science, One Cohort at a Time
Professional development program provides expert training in identity-inclusive topics to improve computing diversity, equity and inclusion
This month, Duke University's new Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) professional development program welcomed 144 fellows to its inaugural cohort. The fellows represent 67 different organizations across four countries, and include public school officials, high school teachers and even museum employees in addition to graduate students and university IT staff.
Shaundra Daily, a Duke associate professor of the practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Computer Science, and Cecilé Sadler, a graduate student in Duke ECE, have joined forces with Nicki Washington, Duke professor of the practice of Computer Science and 3C's director, to develop and deliver the program's curriculum. It will provide expert training in identity-inclusive topics to improve computing diversity, equity and inclusion, and will cover ways of understanding race and gender, white supremacy, intersectionality and various forms of oppression, as well as how that knowledge can improve computer science in practice.