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Workshop on Departmental Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing: Applications Open


Since 2017, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has been asking CISE Principal Investigators to include meaningful BPC plans in proposals submitted to a subset of CISE’s research programs. To support departments in preparing for this new effort, teams of 2-3 administrators and faculty members from computing institutions are invited to apply to participate in a workshop focused on Department Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing.

This NSF sponsored workshop will take place from November 13-15, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science). Participants will spend 1.5 days learning from BPC experts and working in break-out groups to develop a departmental plan for their own unit. The culmination of the workshop will be a departmental plan that leadership teams can take back to their unit for their faculty to use in support of their NSF CISE proposals. Additionally, teams will be encouraged to share their department plan with the computing community on the BPCnet Resource Portal.

Reasonable travel costs, housing, and meals will be provided for accepted workshop participants. The deadline to apply is October 7, 2019. Apply here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3791521

For more information, please email bpcdeptworkshop@cs.illinois.edu or visit the workshop website https://go.illinois.edu/bpcdeptworkshop

BPCnet.org is a growing resource portal intended to provide the computing community with reliable curated content on broadening participation in computing including the ability for faculty and departments to connect with providers of well-tested BPC interventions and share resources. Organizations with existing broadening participation activities can submit these activities to the portal for PIs and departments interested in developing BPC plans to utilize. BPCnet will continually expand and update to be a clearinghouse of information to support the community’s efforts to broaden participation in computing. This project is an initiative by CRA with support from the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.