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Spring 2018 Brown Bag Series – Expressive Electronics: Broadening Participation Computing Through Identity Exploration with Patricia Garcia
January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
The continual underrepresentation of women of color in computing necessitates innovative strategies for diversifying entry points to computing knowledge. Drawing on results from a pilot study implemented in public libraries across three states, this all will highlight a collaborative project aimed at promoting computational thinking skills among girls of color through the use of identity exploration and creative circuitry. The talk will contribute to a discussion on how to address gender and racial inequities in computing through informal learning experiences that center student experiences and leverage diverse student identities as assets in learning spaces.
Bio: Patricia Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She conducts interdisciplinary action research on race, gender, and technology with a special interest in promoting equitable and culturally responsive STEM programming for girls of color. Her current work focuses on broadening participation in computing by developing a low-resource model for teaching computational thinking skills in informal learning environments such as libraries.