As a part of a project supported by the Student Experience Initiative and the School of Computing Science, the Computing Science Diversity Committee is holding a webinar series on topics of equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in the field of computer science. To attend our webinars, please contact cs-diversity-chair@sfu.ca for registration and the Zoom link.

Joanne Atlee, Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Title: Waterloo Women in Computer Science (WiCS)

Time: Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023, 12:30-1:20 pm PT

Venue: Online

Dr. Joanne Atlee (P.Eng) is a Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where she serves as the Director of Women in Computer Science and the founding Director for the Software Engineering program. Her research interests include software requirements, software modelling, automated analysis of software models, modular software development, and the detection and resolution of feature interactions. She was the General Chair for the 41st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’19) and served as Program Co-Chair for the 31st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’09) and Program Chair for the 13th IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'05). She served on the ACM SIGSOFT Executive Committee as an at-large member and is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 2.9 on Software Requirements Engineering. She serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, and Software and Systems Modelling. She also serves on the Board of Directors of CS-CAN and on its Diversity subcommittee.

Joanna Goode, Sommerville Knight Professor of Education and Head, Department of Education Studies, University of Oregon

Title: Developing Policies & Practices that Support Racial Equity in CS Classrooms

Time: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, 12-12:50pm PT

Dr. Joanna Goode teaches and conducts research at the University of Oregon. She began her career in education as a high school computer science teacher in a large, diverse urban school, and she builds on this experience to research how educational policies and practices can foster equity, access, and inclusion in computer science education. Joanna has directed multiple National Science Foundation-sponsored research projects, developed the equity-focused Exploring Computer Science high school course, and is the co-author of the book, Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008/2017). 

Marlon Mejias, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems, UNC Charlotte

Title: Refactoring Bias

Time: Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 12-12:50 pm PT 

Dr. Marlon Mejias is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte.  His research interests lie in the field of Socio-technical Systems, Educational Technology and Human Computer Interaction. He is interested in the application of persuasive technology and gamification to solve problems that are socially relevant. The primary thrust of his current research is in designing and implementing a socio-technical approach to improving the holistic education of undergraduate computer science students.