Living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers

Rebecca Wright, Sally J. Nadler, Thu Nguyen, Cynthia N. Sanchez Gomez, Heather M. Wright

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Abstract

We describe our experience developing and running a Computer Science Living-Learning Community (LLC) for first-year women at Rutgers University, now in its third year. Each year, around 20 first-year undergraduate women who intend to major in computer science (CS) apply and are selected to participate. LLC participants live in a common residence hall and are provided with an educational, mentoring, and community-building program that supports their progress as students and CS majors. Participants take a “house course,” Great Ideas and Insights in Computer Science, as a group, and also take a course on Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women's Leadership. Program activities include study sessions and industry interactions, as well as opportunities to participate in K-12 outreach programs, hackathons, and computing research. To evaluate the program, participants and a similar comparison group are surveyed at the beginning and end of the academic year and a focus group is conducted with program participants. Program participants find the program valuable and would recommend it to others, but both program participants and the comparison group report some lack of confidence in their potential success as computer scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages286-292
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358903
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 22 2019
Event50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2019 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Feb 27 2019Mar 2 2019

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Conference

Conference50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period2/27/193/2/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Gender
  • Living-learning communities
  • Undergraduate education

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Wright, R., Nadler, S. J., Nguyen, T., Sanchez Gomez, C. N., & Wright, H. M. (2019). Living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. In SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 286-292). (SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3287324.3287449
Wright, Rebecca ; Nadler, Sally J. ; Nguyen, Thu ; Sanchez Gomez, Cynthia N. ; Wright, Heather M. / Living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2019. pp. 286-292 (SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education).
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Wright, R, Nadler, SJ, Nguyen, T, Sanchez Gomez, CN & Wright, HM 2019, Living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. in SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, pp. 286-292, 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2019, Minneapolis, United States, 2/27/19. https://doi.org/10.1145/3287324.3287449

Living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. / Wright, Rebecca; Nadler, Sally J.; Nguyen, Thu; Sanchez Gomez, Cynthia N.; Wright, Heather M.

SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2019. p. 286-292 (SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education).

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Wright R, Nadler SJ, Nguyen T, Sanchez Gomez CN, Wright HM. Living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. In SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2019. p. 286-292. (SIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education). https://doi.org/10.1145/3287324.3287449