No. While it was originally designed for computing faculty (because of the obvious issues in the field), we quickly realized that the topics covered are applicable to other disciplines (including math, engineering, etc.), especially those with any computational/quantitative focus.
Full participation in the program spans two academic years per cohort. For year 1, the program spans the entire academic year in two parts. First, participants are expected to complete all required material in the prep packet (self-paced) from June-January. Periodic check-ins are submitted to ensure participants are completing this necessary work. The formal, bi-monthly PD sessions are scheduled from Feb-June (Saturdays 12-2pm EST). See the program timeline for a complete list of dates. Please note that we have already tried to work around special holidays and other conferences with 2023 dates. Between sessions, participants will have pre-review material specific to the upcoming session to complete. For year 2, participants will be expected to implement their deliverable no later than the spring 2024 semester and participate in two follow-up sessions (spring 2024).
We cannot guarantee a specific amount of time required per week for participation, as it will vary by individual. Although the amount of time spent will vary by individual schedules, obligations, and commitments, previous participants reported an estimated average of 2-3 hours per week on completing the pre-review material in preparation for the bi-monthly PD sessions in year 1.
A curated list of books, videos, and podcast episodes that ensures all participants begin the formal sessions in February with a baseline understanding of identity-related topics.
We do not provide copies of any books in the prep packet. However, if you do not want to purchase your own copies, your institution’s library may provide copies of these books for free (audiobook or print form). We note though that it is a good idea to obtain your own personal copies (in whatever form), as you may include these (and more) in your project. More importantly, they are good resources to have. Some departments that in prior cohorts purchased copies for participants.
Prep packets are made available via Sakai upon confirmation of participation (late June). We provide these in a timely manner to ensure participants have time between the fall and February to complete all material.
The program is fully virtual. articipants will also have a dedicated Slack channel for sharing resources and communicating with fellow cohort members.
As shown in recent nationwide events, a partial commitment to issues that center identity, equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice is ineffective when it is based on conveniencing participants. Successful completion requires an intentional commitment. The program was carefully designed to respect participants’ time, while providing a solid foundation that (future) computing educators/professionals can build upon and a community of practice that can be leveraged during the program and beyond. This requires full participation (both the bimonthly sessions as well as external activities). While we understand that extenuating circumstances happen, participants who miss a session without prior notification and extenuating will be removed from the program.
As we’ve seen in this country, a partial commitment to issues that center identity, equity, inclusion, and social justice don’t work when they are only done when it is convenient for participants. Successful completion requires being intentional and committed. The program was carefully designed to respect participants’ time, while providing a solid foundation to build upon and a community of practice that can be leveraged during the program and beyond. This requires full participation (both the PD sessions as well as external activities). While we understand that extenuating circumstances happen, the expectation is that all participants who agree to participate are committing to doing the work. Participants are only allowed to miss one (1) session (a session absence form is available in advance of all sessions). Sessions are recorded and available for participants to review. Those missing two (2) sessions will be removed from the program. Given the limited number of spots available for participants and overwhelming interest, we ask that you please plan to dedicate this time (as outlined in the schedule) or reapply for a future cohort when the time permits.
Absolutely! The more participants from one institution/organization, the better! Please ensure that the person submitting the application includes all partner names/emails,to ensure they receive prep packets and future correspondence, if selected.
The application allows the first team member to list all other participants, so only one submission is required. Please make sure that whoever submits the application includes all team members. Should someone be interested after submission of a team application, then they should submit a separate application by the deadline.
Absolutely! We have several Fellows from outside of the U.S.
No. There is significant value in computing faculty from ALL types of institutions bringing these projects to their students. Faculty from all institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Completion of the prep packet is a sufficient foundation and maximizes PD sessions.
We will not accept applications after the posted deadline. This also applies to participants interested in joining an accepted team. Please take time to discuss within your organization before submission.
To ensure participants are able to effectively engage throughout the program, we have a limited capacity of participants. Those selected for the next cohort have a small window to confirm participation. Other participants will be waitlisted and notified, should any slots becoming available. We aim to do this in a timely fashion, to allow for the extended time in the summer to begin the prep packet. In the event that you or your team are not selected for this cohort, then we encourage you to please apply for the next one.
We will not consider new applicants after the submission deadline. Please ensure that you apply before the deadline for consideration.
We curated a list of material that every participant should complete before attempting implementing a project dedicated to identity in computing. This list leverages provides context for topics that we are not usually taught in computing programs. As such, it is extremely important that participants follow the requirements in the prep packet as much as possible. These provide, at minimum, a common foundation for all participants to start with (ensuring that we maximize your time in the program). We provide check-in points throughout the fall semester in preparation for the spring PD sessions. Our goal is that you complete as much of the prep packet prior to beginning the program. Solving the systemic issues in computing require heavy lifting and a commitment to this work. As such, we ask that your commitment begins with the material provided. Participants are encouraged to leverage audiobook format as well if physical copies consume more time.
A great and impactful experience! This is not a typical DEI workshop; expect to be uncomfortable while (un)learning. In addition to the resource list provided in the prep packet, you can expect presentations and discussions with leading experts in social science as well as computing education, intentional discussions around topics of identity, oppression, discrimination, privilege, and how these not only impact computing environments, but also the technologies that are created. By the end of the program, participants can expect to have increased understanding, comfort discussing/developing/leading deliverables, and a community of peers to collaborate with throughout the program and beyond!
The expectation is to develop a significant deliverable related to these topics at your organization. Every participant is not an educator, and every educator may not choose or be able to create a course. If you are a student/postdoc, then this may be a proposed deliverable for your current or future organization (upon entering a professional position). This deliverable can take several different forms beyond a course (which is also why we encourage team participation). Regardless of what is chosen, all participants are expected to implement their deliverable no later than the spring 2024 semester.
There is no cost to participate other than the investment of time (and any books purchased). We note that some departments have paid for participant books and encourage you to contact leadership to see if this is an option. We also strongly suggest checking any libraries for which you have access.
Yes, all fellows receive an electronic copy of a certificate of completion of the program upon full completion of the program (end of Y2 activities).