The Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Assessment is designed to help universities and companies measure the cultural competence of students, faculty, and staff. Cultural competence was first defined in social work in 1989, as graduates must effectively communicate and work with clients from various identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and ability), especially vulnerable populations. It quickly expanded into education and healthcare, for the same reasons. While computing graduates may not work directly with vulnerable populations, there is plenty of evidence that shows how the technologies created impact vulnerable populations in ways that can be just as problematic. In addition, tech companies have long faced serious problems due to a lack of equity and inclusion (which directly impact diversity) in computing environments.

For this reason, it was important to not only teach about these topics in computing, but also find a way to accurately measure it as a means for improving both these environments and the technologies they produce.

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Review the Assessment FAQ for answers to a number of questions about the assessment.