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Fitting in CS when the stereotypes don't fit with Colleen Lewis


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The stereotypes of computer scientists just aren't flattering. Probably every computer scientist can think of dimensions of the stereotype that just doesn't fit. Why do these stereotypes of computer scientists matter? And how might we change them and the tech industry more broadly? Learn about how Harvey Mudd College went about changing the culture of CS to go from a major with about 10% women in 2006 to over 50% in 2016.

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Fitting in CS when the stereotypes don't fit with Colleen Lewis

  1. 1. Fitting in CS when the stereotypes don’t fit @CSTeachingTips Colleen Lewis AssistantProfessor DepartmentofComputerScience HarveyMuddCollege November 8,2017
  2. 2. Slides posted @CSTeachingTips
  3. 3. Colleen, you won’t like sitting alone in a basement coding until 3 in the morning That’s true. 4
  4. 4. “have to be able to make it their lifestyle; can't just do it as a side thing, have to be thinking about it all the time.” (Lewis, Anderson, & Yasuhara, 2016)
  5. 5. Prof. Karen Ashcraft Univ. of Colorado Boulder
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  9. 9. Prof. Nathan Ensmenger Indiana University
  10. 10. Microaggressions You’re a computer scientist?! Of course you got the job, you’re a woman. Women are better at…
  11. 11. What makes you say that? Nonsense
  12. 12. I’ve heard you have a lot of women in CS at Mudd. We don’t. We must be doing something wrong. Probably… Yep.
  13. 13. Make everything pink! 1
  14. 14. How do we interpret gender differences?
  15. 15. 1 Show the breadth of CS
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  17. 17. 2 Split the intro course by experience
  18. 18. “[CS1is]like takingaforeign language class, but the majority ofstudents are already native speakers … you'd thinkthat'd help you, but teachers adjust to the native speakers, so people who are new to the idea get left behind in the dust.” (Lewis, Yasuhara, & Anderson, 2011)
  19. 19. Split the Intro Course by Previous Experience CS 5 - Gold CS 60 AP CS CS 70 CS 42 CS 5 - BlackHS CS
  20. 20. 3 Recognize that learning takes time
  21. 21. “Evenmy professor told us that some people are just born that way, with thatmentaloutlook that is compatible withCS… They feelit’s so easy for them... Yeah,and he told the rest ofthe people that some of you will try, but some of you won’t get it, and it’s just that your mentaloutlook isn’t made thatway. It’s something you’re born with. You can’t help it.” (Lewis, Yasuhara, & Anderson, 2011)
  22. 22. Prof. Carol Dweck Stanford
  23. 23. Prof. Claude Steele UC Berkeley
  24. 24. Yet.
  25. 25. 4 Learn and teach about bias
  26. 26. Evaluation of Identical Resumes Competence Hirability Mentoring
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  28. 28. 5 Teach women to fit
  29. 29. Prof. Becky Wai-Ling Packard
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  31. 31. 5 Build community
  32. 32. Build Community First-year students attend Grace Hopper and Tapia
  33. 33. Build Community First-year students recruited for summer research
  34. 34. 6 Make CS required
  35. 35. Slides posted @CSTeachingTips Check out
  36. 36. Book Recommendations from Colleen Lewis @CSTeachingTips