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Saturday, October 5 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
From Computational Equity to Computational Justice: Critical, Culturally Relevant and Social Impact Computing Education

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How should we think about computing education and its relationship to justice? While dominant equity frames around computer science education center on making CS learning accessible to all youth (‘for all’) and especially under-represented groups (‘broadening participation’), these frames have notable limitations when it comes to questions of justice. There are, however, many research and practice initiatives in formal and informal digital media spaces that share a commitment to justice -- from anti-racist design tools to sociotechnical economic empowerment -- as a core value, with distinct visions and differently grounded approaches. In this structured poster session computing education researchers and practitioners will share examples of different justice-centered CS education projects. We analytically group these projects into three “families”: (1) Computing education for social impact (technology as a means of promoting social change); (2) Critical computational literacies (technology as subject of critique and site of resistance or remix); and (3) Culturally Responsive Computing (computing as situated practice in cultural context). This session will explore the divergences and convergences within and across these “families” of justice-centered computing education, promoting interrogations of the dominant pedagogical and methodological assumptions around CS teaching and learning. By challenging these established boundaries, we aim to radically reimagine who, where, and what counts as computing education across all sites of learning and cultural participation.


Laquana Cooke

Assistant Professor, West Chester University

William Babbitt

Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Evelyn Flores

Northwestern University
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Breanne K Litts

Assistant Professor, Utah State University

Michael Lachney

Michigan State University

Deborah Fields

Associate Research Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies... Read More →
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Denise C Nacu

Assistant Professor, DePaul University

Patricia Garcia

Assistant Professor, Feminist Data ManifestNO - School of Information, University of Michigan
Pat specializes in research on race, gender, and technology. She studies how culturally responsive practices can promote computing participation among youth of color. She leads active partnerships with various groups from Black Girls Rock! to Ypsilanti District Library.
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Rafi Santo

CSforALL, Telos Learning

Sara Vogel

PhD Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

Lindsay Lindberg

University of California, Los Angeles

Kristin Searle

Assistant Professor, Utah State University

Jaye Nias

Assistant Professor, Spelman College

Jean Ryoo

Director of Research, CS Equity Project, UCLA Center X

Marcos Ynoa

Research Assistant, CUNY

Saturday October 5, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Emerald Bay D/E 311 Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697