Using targeted conferences to recruit women into computer science

Christine Alvarado, Eugene Judson

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Diversifying and expanding computer science (CS) education to meet the needs of the 21st century work force requires a deliberate plan that includes many initiatives. Taking first-year women students to GHC or similar celebrations should be a key part of it. The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing is an annual conference celebrating the accomplishments of women in CS, combining technical talks, targeted workshops, panels focused on issues facing women in the field, and networking events. Results from the GHC Evaluation and Impact Survey indicate students feel less isolated, more committed to CS, and more inspired as a result of attending. Survey results from 2009 and 2010 indicate GHC had a positive effect on attendees, especially those with some CS experience or interest. The survey has revealed that those attending GHC take a second CS course at a significantly higher rate than those who do not attend GHC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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