Registration opens April 2019 San Diego,CA September 18-21, 2019

2019 Tapia Conference

What is a Computer Science Student Advisory Council and Why is it Needed

Friday, September 21, 2018 — 4:30PM-5:30PM

The session will start with an introduction of reasons why student advisory councils are needed, particularly in the field of computer science. Then, the workshop will move into three main parts: 1) how to propose this council to advisors and faculty, 2) how to recruit student members and lead an effective team, 3) how to listen to your constituents and put on programs that fill student needs.

The introduction will start with a preview highlighting the lack of minorities and underrepresented groups in computer science departments throughout the country. We want to draw attention to the fact that even in departments with underrepresented students, the curriculum and experience are not built to meet their needs. We wish to ask students questions; Are the departments doing enough to support the success of these individuals? We hope students will start to think about what they need most to ensure their success.

Moderator: Nicole Riley, University of Washington