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Building a Community of Equity-Minded CS Professionals
Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones
IRB- 5105, Zoom link-https://umd.zoom.us/j/97439013499?pwd=WHkzbmErZVA1a21CMG5qUEExbCtpUT09
Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 10:15-11:15 am Calendar
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Equity is commonly used as a goal for many organizations. Computing as a field has struggled to increase diversity and we have not been able to address equity in an earnest fashion. With examples of less-than ideal technological developments, I will showcase how technology perpetuates inequities that already exist in society. This is often exacerbated when technologist opt to be unaware of these inequities when developing new systems. I close with a call to action to improve the educational systems to produce more equity-minded professionals.



Dr. Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones is a Professor of Software and Information Systems at UNC at Charlotte. His research interests include human-computer interaction, CS education, and diversity issues in computing. He has published over 100 refereed articles and received an NSF CAREER award. Before joining UNCC, he worked at Virginia Tech, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Visiting Professor at US Naval Academy, Visiting Professor at Northeastern, and as a Computer Scientist at the Naval Research Lab. He currently serves on the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine at the National Academies and has been co-chair of several conferences (e.g., SIGCSE Technical Symposium, Tapia Conference). His contributions to CS Education and broadening participation computing have been recognized with an ACM Distinguished Member status (2019); the CRA A. Nico Habermann Award (2018); and the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award (2017). He is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This talk is organized by Richa Mathur