Join us for our next department tea! Our speaker will be Jessica Cundiff, who studies gender bias and has looked specifically at such biases in the field of computer science. This should be an informative talk!
Lunch will be served following the talk.
Title: Addressing the gender gap in computer science: Why are women underrepresented and what can we do about it?
Speaker: Jessica Cundiff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Pyschology
Women continue to be underrepresented in computer science, with only 22% of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women over the last 10 years. Drawing from recent work in social psychology, this talk examines the factors that contribute to women’s underrepresentation in computer science. The talk will also present potential strategies for increasing gender diversity and inclusion, focusing on implementing change at both the structural level and interpersonal level within academic departments. Although the talk focuses on closing the gender gap, the strategies presented have potential for increasing interest and retention in computer science more broadly.