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Building an International Community for Broadening Participation in Computing. Teresa Dahlberg College of Computing and Informatics UNC Charlotte [email protected] George K. Thiruvathukal Computer Science Loyola University Chicago [email protected] Sorel Reisman

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Building an International Community for Broadening Participation in Computing

Teresa Dahlberg

College of Computing and Informatics

UNC Charlotte

[email protected]

George K. Thiruvathukal

Computer Science

Loyola University Chicago

[email protected]

Sorel Reisman

Information Science

California State University

IEEE CS Past President

[email protected]


  • Rationale and summary of activities

  • Introduction to IEEE CS STC’s

  • Framework for an IEEE CS STC BP

  • Dinner Breakouts

  • Report Back

International BPC Community - Rationale

  • Urgent need for BPC continues

  • Strong and emerging BPC initiatives and communities exist

  • More than a decade of project successes have not translated into national change

  • Little international collaboration exists

International BPC Community - Rationale

  • Need coordination to address widespread systemic change

    • Partnership among BPC leaders

    • Address BPC in general: all people and settings

  • Need central referencing

    • Reference to pubs and portals

    • Efforts build upon prior work

  • Continued need for awareness

    • Advocacy, policy change

    • One voice

    • Pick up where NSF leaves off

    • Extend internationally

Formation of BPC Community

  • ACM SIGBP formation committee (2009)

  • Submitted proposal to ACM with strong support from potential members (>300), leaders (>75) and partners (16)

  • ACM declined support, but….

  • IEEE Computer Society accepted proposal for STC BPC

IEEE Mission: Advancing Technology for Humanity






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CS Office

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IEEE Office


CS Mission: To be the leading provider of technical information, community services, and personalized services to the world's computing professionals


Relationships With Other National and Sister Societies

  • Span more than 40 countries

  • 70 national society agreements

  • 43 “sister society” agreements

  • Common interest, mutual benefit

  • Agreements extend back several decades


June 2011 (Vol. 44, No. 6) pp. 84-88

Aspects of STCs

  • Online “special interest group”

    • Online Collaborative & Networking Tools

    • LifeRay web portal services and applications

  • Focused Group

    • Focused on defined subjects/topics/areas

    • Members with a strong identification with a field of interest

    • More leadership opportunity for volunteers

    • Better able to follow new fields

  • Easy to Create/Expand/Change/Terminate

  • Preferred access to CS products and services

  • IEEE CS branded website and offerings

  • & communications

    • Emails; web traffic analytics

  • Group activity publicity

Board of Governors

STC Governance

6 Program Boards

Standing Committees

Emerging Products










Committee (Proposed)




  • Coordination and Community

    • Existing successful community:

    • Form and take advantage of support for site hosting, newsletters, blogs, etc.

  • Referencing

    • IEEE BPC Conference (co-sponsored with related partners)

    • Direct access to the CS Digital Library or Xplore

    • If effort scales, propose BPC Transactions or publish in forthcoming Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing.

  • Advocacy

    • STCs are part of a coherent strategy.

    • Leverage leaders meetings, newsletters

    • Leverage Computing Now monthly newsletter to reach tens of thousands of members, and with high click rates.

Discussion: How can the BP community achieve national or international coordination, referencing and awareness -within the context of IEEE CS STC or otherwise?

Coordination and community

  • Advisory and leadership – regularly convene BP leaders with goals to connect similar efforts, identify gaps, and strategically plan for the future. Sit at the table with leaders of other CS communities to raise awareness of and engagement in BP

  • News and current events – one stop shop to inform of what’s going on (e.g., events, opportunities, policy)

  • Annual conference – annual BP community meeting (to replace NSF BPC meeting). Would this be a single, new conference; or align with one or more existing conferences?

  • Attracting (or awarding) funding – a number of nonprofits are arising to sustain NSF BPC alliances. Should efforts continue in isolation, or some type of national coordination?


  • Research referencing – need a pubs venue to enable BP research to build upon prior work. Should this be a new pub and/or comprised of special issues of existing?

  • Practices referencing – need mechanism to disseminate and reference best practices so new efforts can build upon existing. Should we rally the community around and/or reference the many other existing portals?


  • Representation – how would the STC provide coordinated representation, e.g., to the media or policy-makers?

  • Advocacy

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