Socially Responsive Computing CSU – California State University Alliance

Collaborative Research: BPC-A: Socially Responsible Computing: Promoting

Hispanic/Latino student retention via community engagement in early CS courses

We aim to transform early student experience in computing with the integration of socially responsiblecomputing curriculum. This project's impact includes creating faculty learning communities to transformcomputing culture and curriculum that invites marginalized students to opt-in to computing.

We propose both curricular and pedagogical changes integrated throughout the first two computing courses todemonstrate the use of computing in addressing community needs and employing a new targeted sociallyresponsible computing intervention using project-based learning to accomplish our goal.

These curricular changes are intended to provide the opportunity for students to see the alignment of communalgoals with computing, provide opportunities to apply communication and other community cultural assets, andto ultimately increase students’ sense of belonging in computing.

This project unites computer science educators committed to broadening participation in computingwith social scientists with expertise in evaluating inclusive STEM education and with expertise in trainingfaculty working at Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

Our work focuses on developing and evaluating computing curriculum and pedagogy that integrates communalgoals into introductory computing courses and promotes socially responsible computing.

Our cross-site collaboration uses a collective impact model to support our shared vision while allowing for sitevariances. The proposed faculty learning community (FLC) uses training and ongoing meetings to orient and supportnew instructors and expand the project impact beyond the grant personnel.