Barber-Dansby joins Duke, NSF-funded program to study inclusive computing education

Fay Barber-Dansby, senior lecturer at Purdue Polytechnic in Anderson, has been selected to join the newest cohort of fellows in the Alliance for Identity Inclusive Computing Education’s (AIICE) 3C program.

The 3C—or Cultural Competence in Computing—program is part of a nested structure of collaborative institutions that seek to reduce and eliminate social barriers to inclusion for coming generations of computer scientists. 3C is run by Duke University, as is its parent organization AIICE, which in turn is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Per the 3C Fellowship program:

Both computing departments and tech organizations have long struggled with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Identity in Computing Lab is dedicated to studying the impact of identity on computing, from classroom/industry environments to the technologies that are developed (and the identities these technologies ultimately impact in adverse ways).

This work blends social science with computer science to identify strategies for making computing more equitable and inclusive.

Barber-Dansby’s two-year fellowship appointment will allow her to become an ongoing participant in this research, “and I will then submit our findings back to the School of Engineering Technology and Purdue Polytechnic,” she stated.

AIICE currently runs a set of three professional development activities geared toward K-12 educators, and two toward postsecondary educators and researchers.

For all five programs, AIICE’s design is “to transform K-16 computing education through identity-inclusive strategies that target people, policies and practices impacting students, faculty and staff.”

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