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Profiles:  People and Programs

People

 

Summer Programs

Lectures, Workshops, and Town Halls

  • Education:  Equity and Diversity Certificate Program, Office for Equity and Diversity
  • Workshop:  Implicit Bias in Search and Selection Processes, Office for Equity and Diversity
    • Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly participate in searches and selection processes. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, faculty, and students in admissions, promotions, scholarship decisions, and other related selection processes. The presence of implicit bias in these processes can inhibit this goal. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn promising practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of search and selection processes.
    • February 28, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Founders’ Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    • March 23, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
    • April 27, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Founders’ Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    • June 12, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Founders’ Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    • July 24, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Cherrywood Room (275), St. Paul Student Center
    • August 24, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Founders’ Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    • Register online
    • For more information about this workshop, contact Stef Jarvi at [email protected] or 612-624-0594.
  • Workshop: Teaching with Intention:  Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom, Office for Equity and Diversity
    • Most instructors are adept at handling conversations dealing with their content areas.  But when conversations become more challenging, particularly around topics some find controversial and even "off topic," how can we facilitate in such a way as to increase learning?  In this workshop, instructors will learn strategies for addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, among others that may arise, in order to support classroom community and promote inclusive teaching.
    • March 5, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMFounders’ Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    • Register online
    • For more information about this workshop, contact Stef Jarvi at [email protected] or 612-624-0594.

New and Revised Curriculum

Curriculum Redesign to Make Intro-to-CS Courses More Accessible

  • CSCI 1115 (C/C++) and CSCI 1135 (Python):  Exploring Computer Science
    • This newly approved 1 credit optional class allows student in the beginning-level programming classes, CSCI 1113 and CSCI 1133, an opportunity to delve deeper into computer science through the lens of computational thinking, problem solving, and programming.  Students work with 2 faculty member and 4-5 peer leaders during the 2 hour weekly session to solve problems that need a deeper and richer understanding of problem solving to tackle.  Students work together at white boards to collaborate and come up with algorithms to solve problems in multiple ways. 
    • This course piloted during Fall2018 and Spring 2019 as CSCI 2980.  The development of the course included identifying known pedagogy focusing on using active learning theory and practice.  The class was initially funded for the hiring of peer leaders by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to help close the gap between both women and underrepresented minorities in the computer science field.  One goal was to significantly decrease the Ds, Fs, and Withdrawals of students in the beginning-level programming classes.  Initial data is showing significant inroads in helping all students, regardless of gender or race/ethinicity, sustain in the classes of CSCI 1113 and CSCI 1133 through our intervention and development of CSCI 1115 and CSCI 1135.  When we create an inviting and hospitable learning community for everyone, we all can achieve so much more.

 

Mentoring

CS&E Advising Team Attends NCUR Annually

CS&E Department Faculty Mentoring Committees

WISE

Gage Funding 2019!



 

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