Next week I’ll be heading to Windsor for the 2023 2SLGBTQ+ STEM Conference to give a talk on community-engaged teaching and research in computer science. The talk will focus on the lessons I’ve learned since first stumbling into the world of community-engaged work, and how it can be used foster transferable skills, promote knowledge exchange, and build bridges to equity deserving communities.
If you are interested in registering for the conference, information can be found here. I’ve also included the title and abstract of the talk below.
Hope to see you there!
Title: Building Bridges with Community-Engaged Computer Science
In 2012, I stumbled into the world of community-engaged teaching and research. I was fortunate to work with and learn from local leaders and community members addressing and living with food insecurity. The experience opened my eyes to the challenges that our communities face, and how we as academics can learn from, honour, and support the lived experience and expertise of those on the front lines of social justice issues. Since then, community engagement has become a common theme in the courses I teach and the research I do.
In this talk, I will discuss the benefits and challenges of community-engaged computer science – such as fostering collaboration and transferable skills, promoting knowledge exchange, and building bridges to groups that are often underrepresented in the computer science domain – using specific examples from the past 10+ years. I will also describe tools that are used to support this work, and how you might integrate community-engaged teaching and research into the work you do.