Information for Cohort 2 will be available in July, 2021
Undergraduate computing departments have long suffered from issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
However, there has been, to date, no large-scale effort that focuses on addressing issues of systemic racism and bias that
directly impact not only students from minoritized groups, but also faculty (as issues of race, gender, and intersectionality
impact hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions).
The Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows Program is a five-month, cohort-based professional development program
where university teams of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students work to develop/improve cultural competence
– a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations
– as well as utilize these competencies to affect their home institutions. Participants will engage in the following activities:
- Study of topics such as identity, intersectionality, and systemic disparities to form the basis for understanding
historical trends that impact current computing cultures as well as technology development.
- Development of new undergraduate/graduate courses and/or modules within existing courses, as well as other departmental
activities that better attract, retain, and support students and faculty.
Review the Fellows FAQ, which answers a number of questions about participation.
Welcome Cohort 1 Participants!
We are so excited to welcome our inaugural cohort from over 67 organizations spanning 4 countries! We've curated a number of sessions, activities, and material
that will help you along this journey. Below is our current schedule of events. Each session is from 12-2pm EST and includes guest speakers
in the first hour and targeted activities/discussions in the second hour that dive deeper into each of the topics below.
- February 6: Water No Get Enemy: Kickoff (Guest Speakers: Student Panel)
- February 20: Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud: Race and ethnicity (Guest Speaker: Dr. Ruha Benjamin)
- March 6: Four Women: Gender, sexuality, and intersectionality (Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Nash)
- March 20: Mississippi Goddam: White privilege, white supremacy, and racism (Guest Speaker: Dr. Safiya Noble)
- April 10: Everybody Loves the Sunshine: Ability, class, and other forms of oppression (Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy Ko)
- April 24: Don't Touch My Hair: Cultural competence vs. ethics, DEI, and decolonization (Guest Speakers: Dr. Jane Margolis,
Dr. Joanna Goode, and Gail Chapman)
- May 8: Wake Up Everybody: Understanding student experiences, advising, and mentoring (Guest Speaker: Dr. Ebony McGee)
- May 22: Fight the Power: Hiring, promotion, tenure, and mentorship vs. sponsorship (Guest Speakers: Dr. Ayanna Howard,
Dr. Jean Muhammad)
- June 12: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Teaching contentious classroom issues (Dr. Cisco Ramos, Michael Betts)
- June 26: Umi Says: Closeout
Rules of Engagement
All sessions will abide by the rules of engagement, to ensure a safe space for learning and growing.
Participants should plan to implement activities in Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 semesters, and participate in
at least one follow-up activity in Spring 2022.