Computer Science Events

Feb 11

CS Tea Talk: Dr. Patricia Garcia (University of Michigan)

CS Tea is taking place on Zoom this term. Sign up for the cs-interest mailing list to get the weekly link and join us via Zoom.

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
4:00 – 4:45 pm

Dr. Patricia Garcia from the University of Michigan will be our guest speaker.

Expressive Electronics: Broadening Participation in Computing Through Identity Exploration

The continued under representation of women of color in computing necessitates innovative strategies for diversifying entry points to computing knowledge and skills. Drawing on results from a study implemented in public libraries, this talk will highlight a collaborative project aimed at promoting computational thinking skills among girls of color through the use of identity exploration and creative circuitry. The talk will contribute to a discussion on how to address gender and racial inequities in computing through informal learning experiences that center student experiences and leverage diverse student identities as assets in learning spaces. Patricia Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She conducts interdisciplinary action research on the complex interplay between race,gender, and technology. Her current work focuses on broadening participation in computing by developing a culturally responsive and low-resource model for teaching computational thinking skills in informal learning environments such as public libraries and community centers.

Sponsored by Computer Science Events. Contact: Paula Stowe