Changing the culture of computer science to diversify participation
Many young students are not exposed to what computer science is, but they are exposed to endless stereotypes about who we are and what we do. Through outreach, I try to present a more accurate (and exciting) image of our field. I have engaged with thousands of K-12 students and educators, with the aim of encouraging talented individuals from many different backgrounds to consider a career in computing. My approach to outreach is based on research that demonstrates a need to address culture rather than perceived gender differences.
At Carnegie Mellon University, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Carol Frieze, SCS4ALL and Women@SCS. I also represented the university in the NCWIT Pacesetters Program, and as an invited panelist for the session "Exploring Success in Women's Recruitment Across Industries" at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) 2012 Annual Conference, to discuss Carnegie Mellon’s approach to increasing enrollment and retention of women. As of 2016, almost half of incoming CS freshmen at CMU are women.