2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

Broadening Participation of Hispanics in Computing: The CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance

Presented at Track: Special Topic - Computing & Technology Technical Session 3

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer occupations grew by nearly a factor of 20 between 1975 and 2015. In spite of the boom in computer science enrollments that has tripled enrollments in Ph.D.-granting institutions since 2006, these enrollments are not enough to fill available jobs now or in the distant future. To address this demand for computing professionals, the National Science Foundation selected the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) in 2018 to serve as the lead partner and backbone of an INCLUDES alliance comprised of over 40 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, industry partners, and other stakeholders who are committed to growing and sustaining a networked community to recruit, retain, and accelerate the progress of Hispanics in computing. INCLUDES is as comprehensive initiative undertaken by NSF to broaden participation in STEM by shifting from single-project efforts to a collaborative approach across stakeholders who share a common agenda. The 20-30 vision of the CAHSI INCLUDES Alliance is to increase the number of Hispanics with computing credentials who represent 20% or more of those in computing professions by the year 2030. This will be accomplished through the establishment of dispersed regional networks that collaborate with diverse stakeholders to leverage resources and solutions. These networks are supported by network leaders, CAHSI signatures practices, a network of experts known as Maestr@s, CAHSI Student Advocates and Scholars, and the communication infrastructure housed in the CAHSI National Center. The culmination of these coordinated efforts is an inclusive educational and research environment for Hispanic students enrolling, graduating, and advancing in computing fields. This paper will describe how the CAHSI Alliance is organized and aligned to meet this bold vision.

Authors
  1. Dr. Elsa Q. Villa University of Texas, El Paso [biography]
  2. Dr. Sarah Hug Colorado Evaluation & Research Consulting [biography]
  3. Dr. Heather Thiry Golden Evaluation
  4. Dr. David S. Knight The University of Texas, El Paso [biography]
  5. Mrs. Elizabeth Fomby Hall The University of Texas, El Paso [biography]
  6. Andrea Tirres University of Texas, El Paso
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