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IEEE Computer Society Diversity and Inclusion Fund Announces Newly Approved Programs

“While diversity, equity, and inclusion remain integral to the Computer Society’s mission, impactful projects approved through the Diversity and Inclusion Fund promote the Society’s continued progress to support a more inclusive community for members and beyond,” said Nita PatelChairman of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and President-Elect of the IEEE CS.

“This project was created to respond to and build on the tremendous efforts of IEEE CS volunteers to support diversity and inclusion efforts, and we are currently developing ways to help amplify and bring to scale these activities to benefit even more people,” said Leila De Florianiformer chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee and former president of the IEEE CS.

“We are thrilled to execute this new venture that furthers IEEE CS’s mission to positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the computing community,” said the executive director of the IEEE CS. ‘IEEE CS. Melissa Russell. “We are committed to pursuing our strategy which aligns with the growth of our organization as we serve our increasingly diverse community of members.”

New programs for 2022

1. High school summer internship for BIPOC students

This project will provide a graduate-level research internship for BIPOC high school students for the summer of 2022. Targeting those who have completed an Advanced Internship (AP) in Computer Science and are seeking an unpaid internship, this proposal engages them in our projects parallel research and distributed computing under the supervision of BIPOC graduate research assistants.

The main objectives of the program are to assimilate BIPOC high school students into the university research environment and to encourage BIPOC graduate students to collect sufficient data with interns and co-author review articles with the head of research. ‘team. For these purposes, two projects are planned: a comparison of agent-based parallel simulators such as FLAME, RepastHPC, and the MASS (multi-agent spatial simulation) library of their school; and agent-based computational geometry using MASS. The two projects respectively align eight benchmark programs, the measurement and analysis of which will be the work of high school interns.

2. Computer literacy, empowerment and education programs for inclusion and diversity

The proposal is to conduct a computer literacy awareness program in multiple teaching labs, providing multiple levels of computer literacy to each classroom in the community. This includes working women, high school/university students and orphaned students.

The main objectives include:

  • To organize a series of training programs which involve imparting basic computer skills to working women under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Program in the Indian state of Kerala (rural households whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual labor).
  • Organize a hackathon titled “Diversity and Inclusion” to build D&I among students, with a particular focus on women passionate about technology and other diverse communities.
  • Educating children in orphanages with basic Arduino or Raspberry Pi kits to expose them early to technology, which they might not otherwise have access to. This will be managed with the help of Kerala NGOs.

3. Atomic Habits Mentoring Circle for Inclusive Teaching

This project aims to create a mentoring circle of professors and PhD students who want to create inclusive teaching spaces for their students by committing to tiny, incremental and achievable changes. Each pair of mentors in the circle will choose a concept to inform changes in a technology course.

The main objectives include:

  • Facilitate the accomplishment of professors and doctoral students to describe the key practices of inclusive teaching.
  • Identify aspects of a course that can be improved through inclusive practices.
  • Revise course content to reflect a new inclusive teaching practice.
  • Implement an inclusive teaching practice as a Tiny Habit, as described by James Clair in “Atomic Habits: An Easy, Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones.”

The goals are to have teachers and future teachers better informed and equipped, improved lesson plans and lesson plans, and a set of sample lesson plans/annotated case studies that illustrate techniques and processes needed to develop more inclusive course materials.

4. You belong to CS (UBCS)

This project focuses on the inclusion of students from different communities and backgrounds targeting three key areas: encouraging girls in universities to embrace technology and computing, embracing the university community in suburban areas with IEEE CS and fostering interest in STEM education for students in rural schools. .

The main objectives include:

  • Establish at least three IEEE CS Student Branch Chapters and involve students in activities, events, and knowledge-sharing sessions with the nation’s active computing community.
  • Organize six STEM workshops for rural schools and distribute toolkits. In collaboration with the six existing student chapters, organize a series of workshops to promote STEM to empower the country’s younger generation, including toolkits to be distributed to students in rural schools.
  • Run an island-wide social idea marathon for girls in the college community, focusing on developing solutions using computing and technology to solve social problems in Sri Lanka.

5. TinyML Awareness Workshop with the Navajo Nation

Enriching access to Tiny/Embedded Machine Learning (TinyML) and developing high-quality open access educational materials globally are the goals of this project. The plan is to host a TinyML workshop for Navajo high school teachers and students in the summer of 2022.

The main objectives include:

  • Develop course materials and provide material resources to enable the teaching of TinyML, especially in the Navajo Nation.
  • Host an in-person training workshop to orient some teachers and students to these materials and to build a cohort that can continue to teach these materials, to empower teachers and students to learn and ultimately teach the material through them themselves.
  • Develop a contest to encourage participation and exploration in STEM through the lens of TinyML across the Navajo Nation, while working with the Navajo community to develop their own small set of voice data that can be used to recognize words- keys in Navajo. This effort will have the added benefit of supporting Navajo Technical University’s efforts to preserve and promote the Navajo language.

Find out more about all the activities that take place at IEEE CS Diversity and Inclusion.

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