In addition to all of the traditional reasons for supporting diversity, I propose a new reason: that diverse teams will support each other better, resulting in a higher-quality work environment for everyone. The percentage of women in tech is currently unsustainably low, yet if we can raise that percentage and build a culture of welcoming… Continue reading Another reason to care about diversity
The way we talk about engineers impacts whether people try engineering, how confident they feel, and our perception of their competence.
Our production of CS degrees has gone through a couple of boom-and-bust cycles, and we’re currently well into a third boom. Meanwhile, the percentage of women in CS peaked at its all-time high in our first boom and has declined with each bust since then.
As I outline here, we have a shortage of people in computer science in general, and especially a shortage of women and minorities. People usually break the shortages down into two parts: pipeline (getting people to enter the field) and retention (getting them to stay). CS has problems with both parts. There are many factors… Continue reading Thoughts on the Pipeline