Tag Archive: BPCnet

New BPCnet.org Resource on BPC Shared Measures

By Andres Purpuro, Program Assistant, CERP, and Toyamim Rahman, Program Associate, CERP  CRA is excited to announce the launch of the BPC Shared Measures Page on BPCnet.org. This collaborative effort, as part of the “BPC-DP: Developing Shared Measures Among the BPC Community” project, has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF award 2137842) as […]

New BPCnet.org Resource on BPC Supplemental Funding

By Andres Purpuro, Program Assistant, CERP We’re excited to announce the launch of the BPC Supplemental Funding Page on BPCnet.org. This resource has been developed in response to the engaging discussions held at our February 2024 BPC Community Forum, specifically addressing NSF’s latest Dear Colleague Letter for BPC Supplements.  In collaboration with the Center for […]

NSF’s Jill Denner to Discuss Supplemental Funding on February 2 BPCnet.org BPC Community Forum Webinar

By Andres Purpuro, Program Assistant, CERP Are you an active NSF CISE award recipient with a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plan? Or are you a computing researcher interested in deepening your understanding of how BPC efforts get funded? Join us for the next BPCnet.org BPC Community Forum webinar on Friday, February 2 at 12 […]

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Undergraduate BPC Literature Database Launch

UCLA’s Momentum and CRA are excited to launch an Undergraduate BPC Literature Database that compiles scholarship on broadening participation in undergraduate computing. The focus of the included papers ranges from the implementation and evaluation of BPC interventions to theoretical pieces around broader social forces that cause longstanding inequalities in computing.

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Applications Open for BPCnet.org BPC Plan Workshop in Denver, CO (August 3-5, 2022)

Applications are now open for the upcoming Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plan Workshop, hosted by BPCnet.org in Denver, CO from August 3-5, 2022. In this workshop, departments will have the opportunity to learn more about BPC efforts from the National Science Foundation (NSF), how to create a Departmental BPC Plan, and how to best support faculty PIs submitting NSF proposals that require a BPC Plan. Consultants from BPCnet.org will be available to answer questions and provide real-time feedback about your departments’ BPC Plan during the workshop.

Please check out the workshop website for more information about the workshop.

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Expanding the Pipeline: The Context, Importance, and Experience of Writing Departmental BPC Plans

Efforts to increase participation from minoritized communities has been going on in earnest for over a decade. Unfortunately, we have yet to expand the group of faculty and staff engaged in these activities and have only made a marginal difference in who is studying computing. This article discusses BPC Plans as an attempt to supplement and scale-up the computing community’s efforts to address the issue of lack of diversity in computing.


Request for Community Feedback on BPCnet.org

To the computing community,

With this particularly challenging academic year coming to an end, and the upcoming NSF CISE program submissions, it is a good time to update everyone on the NSF CISE Pilot Program for Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plans. All Medium and Large CISE Core Programs, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) project proposals require an approved BPC Plan by the time of award. CRA and NCWIT have led an effort to develop the BPCnet.org portal as a resource for the community to assist in developing Departmental BPC Plans and Individual BPC Plans.

New Resources on BPCnet.org:
The community has been developing additional resources on BPCnet.org to simplify the process of writing a BPC Plan (for both Individual and Departmental plans). There is an FAQ link, plan templates, sample BPC Plans, and an extensive Getting Started Guide. There will also be additional virtual workshops later in the summer, and in-person workshops once travel is resumed.

How You Can Help:
The inclusion of BPC plans in a large number of CISE projects is a significant step in making our field inclusive and welcoming, and consequently growing the computing workforce and making it more representative of the users of technology. It will take a community-wide effort, and significant preparation of the community to make this BPC effort successful. To this end, we would like to invite interested people from this group to provide feedback on the contents in the portal. If you are interested in reviewing the portal contents, please complete our interest form.

Thank you for your interest in the NSF BPC Pilot Program, which has contributed to creating a large resource that we expect the community will find valuable. Please let us know if we can answer any questions by contacting bpcmailinglist@cra.org.


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