Diversity Gaps in Computer Science

October 23, 2016
Diversity Gaps in Computer Science

This report provides excellent recommendations for parents and educators to increase the engagement of women, Blacks, and Hispanics in computer science. It further highlights recommendations for organizations to provide content for mobile devices that encourages the target groups to consider computer science.

Given the ubiquity of the computing field in society, the diversity gap in computer science (CS) education today means the field might not be generating the technological innovations that align with the needs of society’s demographics. Women and certain racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in learning CS and obtaining CS degrees, and this cycle perpetuates in CS careers. Many — including tech companies and educational institutions — have taken steps to make CS more appealing and accessible to these groups, yet the diversity gap endures.