Engaging Who You Need, Not Who You Want: Women of Color in Tech
September 11, 2019
(Lunch will be served)
Efforts to diversify the computing workforce continue to fall short, especially for women of color. Drawing on unprecedented research and data from the Women of Color in Computing Collaborative, two speakers—Kimberly Scott from Arizona State University and Allison Scott from the Kapor Center in California--will discuss the nuances of current issues affecting underrepresented women of color (e.g. African American, Latinx, Native American/Hawaiian, Asian American) entering and persisting in computing-related fields. Attendees and facilitators will spend the majority of the time moving beyond the discussion of the problem, to explore effective, timely, and scalable solutions to increase the representation of women of color in computing fields.
Kimberly A. Scott, EdD, Professor and Founding Executive Director, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Arizona State University
Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Scott’s interdisciplinary work examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their technosocial innovations. With publications in outlets such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, Feminism and Psychology, Huffington Post, and Slate, to name a few. Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Having written and successfully won more than $10 million in grant funding to support research about and programs for girls of color and digital media use, Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. The same year, the publication of Diverse Issues in Higher Education identified Kimberly as one of the top 30 women in higher education. Scott is also a member of the NSF STEM Education Advisory Panel. The panel was created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education and assembled in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Additionally, she is an affiliate faculty in George Mason University’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity located in Fairfax, Virginia.Scott earned her BA from Smith College in art history and French literature, an MS from Long Island University in curriculum and instruction/elementary education and her EdD from Rutgers University in social and philosophical foundations of education, and completed the high potentials leadership program at Harvard Business School.
Allison Scott, PhD, Chief Research Officer, Kapor Center
Allison Scott is the Chief Research Officer at the Kapor Center, leading a research team aiming to enhance diversity in the tech ecosystem through: (a) conducting landscape studies and research on interventions within educational settings and the technology workplace, and (b) disseminating effective research-based strategies, resources, and practices across the tech ecosystem. Prior to leading research at KCSI, Dr. Scott was the Program Leader for the NIH’s Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce Program, a set of three experimental initiatives implementing and examining the effectiveness of training, mentoring, and institutional development interventions to enhance diversity in biomedical research. Dr. Scott was previously the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), overseeing a research agenda examining barriers to the pursuit and completion of degrees and employment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented populations. Her research examined the influence of perceived barriers and stereotypes in the sciences, the double-bind facing women of color, and the effectiveness of research-based interventions in improving STEM outcomes for underrepresented groups. In addition, Dr. Scott led the longitudinal evaluation of LPFI’s pre-college STEM intervention programs and is Principal Investigator for an NSF CE21 grant to increase access, success, and preparation in computer science for underrepresented students in California. In just 2 years, this project has demonstrated significant increases in the numbers of underrepresented students of color and girls completing computer science courses, taking the AP CS exam, and intending to major in CS in college. Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in School Psychology, from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University. Allison enjoys traveling, jogging, and drinking Diet Cokes.