Supporting Hispanics and Latinx in Computer Science
Thursday, September 20, 2018 — 4:15PM - 5:15PM
The field of computer science is growing and diversity initiatives are bringing in more Hispanic and Latinx students, but retention is a chronic issue. It is not enough to provide support to minorities as a whole. Each group has different needs and so arises the need for specialized communities. The Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists (HACS) is one such community, and we would like to share our ideas and strategies for success with others as well as offer them opportunities to create a network of organizations throughout multiple universities. We want to discuss ideas for outreach and retention of Hispanic and Latinx students, as well as strengthening existing communities. There are some organizations that cover engineering as a whole but having an organization dedicated specifically to computer scientists has made all the difference at our university. HACS is about more than just networking, it is about students supporting students.