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The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE)

As computing becomes more ubiquitous, it is imperative that technology creators from a diverse range of identities are in development and leadership positions to ensure that harmful technologies are avoided. This requires creating academic cultures in computing that emphasize the importance of identity, its societal impacts, and the impacts of technology on people from non-dominant identities.

Vision

The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) aims to increase the entry, retention, and course/degree completion rates of high-school and undergraduate students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing through evidence-based, identity-inclusive interventions. AiiCE’s collective impact approach to broadening participation convenes national leaders in K-16 CS education to transform high-school and postsecondary CS education using innovative strategies that target the people (secondary/ postsecondary educators, teaching assistants, and students), policies [state (K-12) and institutional (postsecondary) policies, as well as postsecondary accreditation criteria], and practices (classroom/department cultures) that directly impact student entry, retention, and course/degree completion.

Objectives

AIICE is founded upon evidence that student-focused (and often deficit-based) strategies do not adequately address institutional cultures, policies, and practices that have marginalized people from non-dominant identities. AIICE will collectively create systemic change by blending aspects of social science with CS to:

  1. Increase CS student and educator knowledge and use of identity and related topics.
  2. Support CS educators and leaders in fostering academic cultures that are more inclusive of non-dominant identities.
  3. Increase K-16 policy-driven changes to CS education that infuse identity-inclusive strategies.

Activities

All Alliance activities are currently organized under four interrelated domains (constellations):

  1. Training
  2. Curricula & Pedagogy
  3. Research
  4. Policy