Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is AiiCE?
AiiCE is a national Alliance that joins several organizations across K-16 computing education to “increase the entry, retention and course/degree completion rates of high school and undergraduate students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing.” 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. Identity-inclusive computing studies how identity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, ability, class, sexuality, and more) impacts and is impacted by computing. Alliance activities are organized under the four domains (i.e. constellations): training, curricula & pedagogy, research, and policy.

Why does AiiCE need a student advisory board?
Creating systemic change in computing education requires input from stakeholders. Our most important stakeholders (students) should help guide how this work evolves. The student advisory board has a unique perspective that can help inform strategic advice on all Alliance activities. 

Do I have to be a current college student to apply?
Yes. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student at a U.S. two- or four-year college or university and remain enrolled for the duration of their time on the student advisory board

Do I need to be a computer science/engineering major? 
No. Computing is extremely interdisciplinary. In addition, our work recognizes the importance of social science and other disciplines for improving computing education. We value the perspectives of students from various majors and welcome all to apply. 

What will the student advisory board do?
The Alliance consists of two advisory boards. The external advisory board convenes national leaders in social science, computer science, and education. The student advisory board will convene current undergraduate students. Both advisory boards will provide perspective and recommendations on activities proposed/conducted by the Alliance.

How many students will you select?
The student advisory board will convene eight (8) – twelve (12) students from across the country. 

How will you determine who becomes a student advisory board member?
Student advisory board members will have a demonstrated commitment to the ideals of the Alliance (e.g., equity and inclusion in computing for students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing, social justice, and more) and represent a diverse set of perspectives in terms of individual identities and institution types.

What is the time commitment?
All student advisory board members (excluding rising seniors in the 2022-2023 academic year) will serve two-year terms. Rising seniors will serve a one-year term. Each term includes two meetings per calendar year (June and January), plus responsiveness to email requests during the academic year: approximately 20 hours per year.

Is this a paid opportunity?
There is no financial compensation for serving on the student advisory board. However, you have the opportunity to meet and work with national leaders in social science (including our external advisory board), K-16 computer science education, and peers from across the country; contribute to an important project; and leverage this experience as you pursue other academic and professional opportunities.

Will I have to travel?
All January advisory board meetings will be virtual. The June, 2022 stakeholder meeting will also be virtual. Beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year, the  annual stakeholders meeting (June 2023 and each subsequent June) will be held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. All travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be paid by the Alliance. 

What will we do between the two meetings each year?
Between meetings, the student advisory board may be asked to provide feedback via emails or surveys about Alliance activities.

Can I include this on my resume or graduate school application?
Absolutely! This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about identity, inclusion, and equity, develop and grow your leadership skills, and meet peers and scholars from across the country. It is our hope that student advisory board members gain invaluable experience and knowledge that can transfer to their academic and career pursuits. 

What may cause me to be removed from the student advisory board?
While we hope that it does not happen, we recognize that there may be instances where a student advisory board member may be removed. Failure to appropriately represent the ideals of the Alliance (e.g., based on inappropriate/offensive activities, including on social media) will result in removal from the program.

What if I can’t complete my full term?
We ask that if you apply and are accepted you commit to completing your full term. Of course, we know that circumstances can change. If you are accepted and unable to complete your term, please inform us as soon as possible. 

What if I’m not selected as an advisory board member?
We encourage you to consider reapplying in the future. We will seek applications for new advisory board members each academic year.

What if I transfer schools/majors?
You are only required to remain enrolled at a college/university. It is okay for you to make changes along your educational journey. 

What if I can’t attend the entire meeting?
We understand that things happen. However, all student advisory board members are expected to  fully participate in each meeting. 

I know others who may be interested in applying. Can they apply too?
Of course. Please spread the word about the Alliance!

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Stephanie Halpin(Program Director) at aiice@duke.edu for questions.