Inclusive Education Strategies for Diversity in Smart Workforce

James Geller, Soon Ae Chun

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Abstract

We review the situation of women in computing professions and note that there is a mismatch between the percentage of women in computing jobs on one hand and their percentage in the population on the other. The absence of women in the computing workforce is to their detriment and the detriment of employers. Companies face difficulties when trying to fill open software positions with qualified applicants. Product teams are missing out on design input from "50% of the population."Women are denied the social mobility that well-paying computing jobs provide. Thus, improving the percentage of women in the computing workforce would be beneficial to the companies in multiple ways, to the women, and to society as whole, making it more equitable. Unfortunately, achieving this goal is a problem that has resisted decades of efforts. Only a multi-pronged approach spanning all levels of education, government and industry can lead to a breakthrough. It is especially urgent to overcome the shortage of qualified and certified middle and high school teachers. We present ongoing activities at one college to bring women into computing and to keep them in the program, and suggestions how governments at the federal and state levels can contribute to overcoming the computing teacher shortage, creating a pipeline to CS programs in colleges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Innovations for Public Values: Inclusive Collaboration and Community, DGO 2021
EditorsJooho Lee, Gabriela Viale Pereira, Sungsoo Hwang
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages264-272
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384926
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 9 2021
Event22nd Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Digital Innovations for Public Values: Inclusive Collaboration and Community, DGO 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jun 9 2021Jun 11 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference22nd Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Digital Innovations for Public Values: Inclusive Collaboration and Community, DGO 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/9/216/11/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

Keywords

  • Diversity in workforce
  • equity in computing education
  • women in computing
  • workforce development

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