SC16 Diversity Sessions: Talks and Panel

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Diversity and inclusion are important to SC16, are essential in the work of improvscience and are an active area of discussion, discovery and practice in computing fields.

Talks: Diversity and Inclusion—Views from the field 

Hosted by Dr. Raquell Holmes, two speakers will share their experience of gender and race in their work: Ritu Arora of Texas Advanced Computing Center, who is actively engaged in broadening participation of individuals​ from under-represented groups in computing related fields, and George K. Thiruvathukal, Professor of Computer Science, Loyola University Chicago, and Visiting Faculty at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Thiruvathukal recently authored an article titled The Need for Research in Broadening Participation. 

Discussion Google Doc for student participants available via Students@SC slack.

Panel: Coming out on behalf of Diversity - 10:30 am - 12 pm

Dr. Holmes is also hosting a panel that explores what it means—the challenges, benefits and reasons—to come out on behalf of diversity. The panelists include Jeanine Cook, who is the SC16 Chair of Student Programming, Jamika Burge, Founder and Principal of Design & Technology Concepts and a leader in BPC efforts and the Tapia Conference, and Rebecca Hartman-Baker, the acting leader of the User Engagement Group at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab.

The panel, open to all registered SC16 attendees, is set to engage everyone (under-represented and well-represented groups) in dialog on addressing the challenges towards achieving diversity and representation.

If you would like to learn more about how improvscience can serve the diversity and inclusion needs of your organization, please contact us.