Jan Cuny from the NSF discusses Broadening Participation in Computing

Jan Cuny of the National Science Foundation came to Washington and Lee on March 16 to discuss “Broadening Participation in Computing: Engagement, Education, Research, and Policy”. Jan talked about why broadening participation in computing is important (e.g., lots of jobs that need to be filled and not enough computer scientists; diversity of ideas), why it’s difficult (e.g., education challenges, incorrect stereotypes), and what we’re doing (many cool programs and initiatives!).

Jan met with students and faculty at an informal reception before her talk and answered many questions throughout the afternoon.

Some highlighted sites and programs:

Jan’s visit was sponsored by Women in Math and Science and Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.