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“Broadening the Computer Science Community: Examining successful strategies for significantly increasing diversity in STEM fields”

President Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:30-2:30 pm

Simons Center Auditorium

Reception to follow in the Simons Center Lobby

Abstract: Computing is one of the least diverse disciplines in science and engineering in terms of participation by women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and the only discipline where participation by women has significantly decreased over the last three decades. While our discipline does well in encouraging members of underrepresented groups to go on to graduate programs, we have been less successful in attracting members of these groups into undergraduate programs. This talk discusses successful strategies for significantly increasing the number of women and students of color majoring in computer science.

Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served in various roles from 1988 to 2002. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Klawe is a member of the nonprofit Math for America, the chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Selection Board. She is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

The WINGS (Women In GeoSciences- Nurturing opportunities, Effectiveness, Satisfaction and Leadership) initiative at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is excited to host this lecture. This event is co-sponsored by WINGS along with SoMAS, the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, the Institute for Advanced Computational Science, and the Computer Science Department.