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2018 Diversity Summit
Date: March 2, 2018
Location: Samuel Riggs Alumni Center
Maryland Center for Women in Computing is pleased to present the Diversity in Computing Summit, a one-day workshop designed for all advocates of underrepresented groups in computing fields. Through informative workshops and dynamic speakers, we will emphasize inclusive computing--efforts that address the positive impact that underrepresented groups have and will continue to have on the future of technology.
Maryland Center for Women in Computing presents the
Diversity in Computing Summit
Maryland Center for Women in Computing is pleased to present our 2nd annual Diversity in Computing Summit, a one-day workshop designed for all advocates of underrepresented groups in computing fields. Through informative workshops and dynamic speakers, we will emphasize inclusive computing--efforts that address the positive impact that underrepresented groups have and will continue to have on the future of technology.
The mission of the Summit is to bring together various partners in progress, whether they be students, professionals, HR specialists, career development experts, diversity advocates, policymakers or thought leaders in industry and academia to:
the diversity within computing
awareness for the need to support computing professionals from underrepresented populations
the current and next generation of computer scientists to be more inclusive
relationships with partners and thought leaders from multiple discplines
initiatives and best practices to support inclusion efforts in computing
Our partners are already contributing to progress and inclusive computing through a variety of programs and initiatives:
- Many corporations have instituted diversity hiring initiatives and support special interest groups to celebrate and support underrepresented populations;
- Universities support student organizations, academic centers, and activities to promote diversity;
- Private and public organizations continually work to expand the pipeline of people interested in computing through educational and enrichment activities.
This Summit will provide our partners with an opportunity to learn from one another and showcase their efforts to make computing more inclusive and welcoming through panels, keynotes, table topics, and workshops.
By learning more about the positive impact diversity has on education, corporate culture, innovation, and emerging technologies, participants of the summit will leave with knowledge, tools, and community needed to support underrepresented people in computing communities.
We invite you to partner with us to celebrate and promote diversity in computing!
Interested in volunteering, attending, speaking, or just being a part of the Summit? Complete this form and someone will be in touch with you about opportunites.
For general questions about the Summit, please contact Kate Atchison, firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact Maria Johnson, email@example.com
All proceeds of the Summit will be used to support the programs of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing. To learn more about the programs and resources of the MCWIC visit our website.
Abigail Lewis is the Vice President of Leadership Programs and Campus Initiatives for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She oversees the organization’s STEM programs, salary negotiation workshops, and campus leadership work. Previously, she worked at Barnard College for six years, most recently as the associate dean of pre-professional advising. While at Barnard, she served as liaison to Columbia Engineering, as well as fostered partnerships with Columbia Entrepreneurship. She was also the associate director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard, where she oversaw a curricular and experiential women’s leadership program, co-founded the first international undergraduate research journal focused on women’s leadership, and supervised student delegations that organized leadership training workshops for high school students in China, India, Brazil, and France. Abigail has worked and taught at Rutgers University, New York University, and the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a doctorate in history from Rutgers (with a certificate in women and gender studies), a master’s from UCLA, and a bachelor’s from Columbia, the latter two in African American studies.
Kelly M. Schulz
Secretary Kelly M. Schulz of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Frederick County, where she served on the Economic Matters Committee from 2011- 2015. In addition to local issues, then- Delegate Schulz took special interest in legislation relating to banks and other financial institutions, business, occupations and professions, economic development, labor and employment, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Department of Labor from her years of experience working in the government and private Sector. Secretary Schulz is proud to lead the agency that protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy.
Schedule and Sessions
Schedule of Events
Breakout Sessions & Table Topics
Breakout Session 1
With the fast pace of change in the world of technology, learning and continuous improvement are critical for personal and organizational success. How do we develop environments that support continuous learning? How can we use this process as part of an ongoing activity to build high performing teams? What does this mean to me as an individual and team contributor? We will discuss the importance of regular retrospectives, what organizations can do to build continuous learning opportunities, and how we can adopt these practices at a personal level for continuous improvement and professional success. The goal is not perfection, but rather “am I better today than I was yesterday”.
Come to this discussion to learn about all of the exciting changes in the state of Maryland for computer science education - the governors's executive order, the relative bills currently in the legislative session, the data from the Maryland Longitudinal Data System and the new Maryland Center for Computing Education.
Breakout Session 2
Come play our board game presenting you with career challenges gleaned from the lives of women in technology, plus great game design to infuse some fun!
In this session we will explore the impact of "community" and community groups in recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in computing. This session will include a brief presentation and panel discussion.
In this session, we will explore exciting advances in technology that provide equal opportunities for work, play, and creativity for all individuals. We'll also examine some of the changes still needed to make the world more inclusive for people with disabilities, and we will wrap up with an informal open discussion.
Breakout Session 3
In the digital era, there is a very short list of widely used and developed technology platforms and innovations developed by women and underrepresented communities. This session will talk about adopting an innovator's mindset and build creative intelligence to translate ideas into innovation.
Including All Users As We Develop Our Technology Interfaced Society. All abilities, languages, and digital affinities- Orem Hall
In this session, we will discuss some past and present research into creating mainstream and specialized technology for people with and without disabilities. We will also take look at a training workshop for students and designers and demonstrate technology that will allow computing devices to adapt to meet individual needs and preferences.
Come to this discussion with panelists from 3 different stages in their careers to learn must do tips for a successful career in computing as a minority in the field.
Change the climate of your workplace and retain top female talent with recommendations from AAUW's recently launched Playbook on Best Practices: Gender Equity in Tech. The playbook offers specific strategies and actions that are proven to increase the representation of women in engineering and computing fields.
Come discuss how to get started in computing research, and how to build a career that is right for you.
Coding Diversity: Examining culture, diversity and bias in an introductory computer programming course
I will describe the rationale for and strategies we are using to integrate issues of culture, diversity and bias into an introductory computer programming course at the iSchool, share our experiences and invite discussion of additional ways that we can advance diversity in computer programming courses.
Often times jobs are contracted to the company with the lowest bid and the reduced costs are placed on employees. It is important to know your value, negotiate fairly, and don't sell yourself short.
How to get noticed for the right reasons at your job in the early stages of your career.
We will be discussing what Imposter Syndrome is, its impact on confidence/creativity/innovation, as well as some methods for overcoming it.
A discussion about how to recruit and retaining girls into computer science.
We will go over how to come up with blog topics, where to host that blog, and how to gain readers.
This discussion will give a brief overview of the research MCWIC is conducting to increase diversity in the field of computing. Initial findings and recommendations will be shared.
During this table topic we will talk about what Technica is and why events like Technica are vital to the development of gender diversification in the technology world.
In this session we will discuss the importance of women's groups in the push for gender equity in technology.
Register to Attend
* A student is defined as a full-time student at an accredited university or college. Participants in bootcamps or seminars must register in the General Category. Student registration does not include parking.
** An academic registration is defined as a faculty or staff person at an accredited university/ college or administrator/teacher at a K-12 school.
***Late registration does not include processing and payment fees or parking. Parking can be added by request for an additional fee if space is avalible.
Thank you to our Sponsors
Sponsorship Levels and Exhibitor Packages are avalible to support the Maryland Center for Women in Computing. Please contact Maria Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
UMD Partners & Organizations
The schedule can be viewed above. Breakout sessions will be divided into 3 timeframes of 3 sessions each. Breakout sessions and topics will be on the following topics:
- Career Development and Mentoring
- Trends in Policy and Advocacy
- Emerging and Adaptive Technology
- Creating Systemic Change
The Exhibitor Hall will open at 8:00 am for a preview of the booths. It will be closed in the morning and through lunch. The exhibitor hall will be open from 1:00pm-5:00pm, but we expect most attendees to visit during the networking reception. The exhibitor hall will be open to all UMD computing students, and all participants that submit their resume through the resume book from 3:00PM-5:00 PM. View the list of exhibitors under the sponsors tab.
Parking and Transportation
Parking is included in your registration fee, with the exception of student registration, if you register with early bird or regular pricing. If you register late, you must add parking to your ticket or use UMD guest parking. Parking will be in the Stadium Drive Garage on UMD's campus. See a map and gain additional information here.
The College Park Metro and Greenbelt Metro stations are in the area, but are not considered walkable. Shuttle UMD service is available from College Park Metro. Metrobus and taxicabs are available from both stations.
A light breakfast will be served in the morning.
A hot buffet lunch will be served during round table topics.
Light h'orderves will be served during the networking reception.
Are you looking for your next opportunity? Share your resume with the sponsors and exhibitors by completing this form: http://go.umd.edu/csresumedatabase
By emailing your resume, you give the Maryland Center for Women in Computing permission to share your resume with confirmed sponsors and exhibitors of the conference. If you would like your resume removed at anytime, please email: email@example.com with the headline Diversity Summit Resume Database.