Academic Corner

Academic Corner is a new multi-part program for faculty and graduate students at #GHC16. With the support of ABI’s nonprofit and academic community partners, Academic Corner offers academics workshop opportunities, exposure to experts in the field and the latest research regarding the status of women and underrepresented minorities in computing.

Want to be a Bias Interruptor?

Wednesday, October 19 | 2-3:50 p.m.

After a short primer on unconscious biases that exist in academic computing departments, we will teach you how to become a “bias interruptor” in your classrooms, department meetings and research labs, giving you time to practice your new skill with other attendees. Once you are familiar with being a human bias interrupter, we’ll turn to the software we create. Yes, software also has biases which we’ll learn about in a technical presentation by an expert in the field.


Latanya Sweeney, Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Harvard University
Brad McLain, Social Scientist, National Center for Women & Information Technology
Valerie Barr, Professor of Computer Science, Union College
Tracy Camp, Professor of Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines
Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology

“Want to be a Bias Interruptor?” is a program developed and organized jointly by ACM-W,

**BREAK 3:50-4:05 pm**

BRAID Research: New Insights on Introductory Computer Science Course Students

Wednesday, October 19th | 4:05-5:00 pm

The BRAID initiative is a collaboration between, Harvey Mudd College, UCLA and 15 computer science departments across the United States in an effort to recruit and retain more students, particularly women and underrepresented minority students, in undergraduate computing majors. As part of the BRAID initiative, a team of researchers at UCLA, led by Dr. Linda Sax, is conducting a mixed-method, longitudinal research study of the departmental change process and the impact of a variety of best practices on student outcomes such as their major and career plans. This session will focus on the BRAID Research Project’s design and present preliminary results from the first year of data collection. In particular, the session will present survey findings on the characteristics and course experiences of students taking introductory computer science and will focus on differences by gender and/or race/ethnicity.


Linda J. Sax, Professor of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA
Kate Lehman, Ph.D. candidate, UCLA Project manager and lead graduate student researcher, BRAID research project