Reverse Mentoring: What is it, and How Might it Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Your Organization?
Rosie Cofre, Randall Lane, Tina Wing, and Angela Archon discuss two companies’ experiences with "reverse mentoring," an innovative mentoring approach where junior employees or employees from underrepresented groups mentor senior employees or employees from majority groups. Panelists will discuss their experiences with the program, challenges, and how they have benefited from it. This will be an informal session, encouraging interactive dialogue with the audience.
"How Job Ads Can Reinforce or Undermine the Status Quo" by Dr. Aaron Kay
People are powerfully, and usually unconsciously, motivated to view the status quo as the way things should be. Recognizing this fact can help us avoid recreating the gender imbalance in computing. One example of a process that very likely contributes to gender imbalance comes from research on want ads. In this workshop, you will learn about how the wording of these ads subtly communicates the assumption that men are appropriate candidates.
"A High School Teacher's Perspective on Computer Science Recruitment and Retention"
Seth Reichelson discusses how active recruiting, retention, and word of mouth have been wildly successful at Lake Brantley High, a non-magnet school in Florida where enrollment for AP Computer Science in 2011-2012 was 65 girls and 79 boys (*45% female*.) This recruiting success is amplified with both mastery teaching and projects that engage diverse students, practices that can be widely adopted for bringing more and diverse students into computing.