Broadening Participation: Cultivating Cultural Diversity in Information Technology

TitleBroadening Participation: Cultivating Cultural Diversity in Information Technology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsTaylor, VE
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Date Published2010
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00010782
KeywordsActivism , computer , Computers , Diversity , information , Minorities , MULTICULTURALISM , PEOPLE , Study , TEACHERS , Vocational
AbstractThe article presents information on CMD-IT (Center for Minorities and people with Disabilities in Information Technology), an organization focused on broadening cultural diversity in the IT field. A pie chart comparing the ethnic makeup of IT faculty to that of the U.S. population is presented, which indicates that people of Asian descent enjoy a very high rate of success as IT teachers, while other minorities are less well represented. A discussion of the importance of cultural diversity is presented, and CMD-IT nationwide leadership initiatives on this issue are described.
NotesTaylor, Valerie E. 1; Email Address:; Affiliations: 1: Department Head, Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M University.; Issue Info: Jul2010, Vol. 53 Issue 7, p35; Thesaurus Term: INFORMATION technology; Thesaurus Term: TEACHERS; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER science; Thesaurus Term: VOCATIONAL guidance; Thesaurus Term: DIVERSITY in the workplace; Thesaurus Term: PEOPLE with disabilities -- Employment; Thesaurus Term: MINORITIES -- Employment; Subject Term: MINORITIES in technology; Subject Term: PEOPLE with disabilities in technology; Subject Term: MULTICULTURALISM; Subject Term: ACTIVISM; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching; Subject Term: COMPUTERS & people with disabilities; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); NAICS/Industry Codes: 541710 Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences; Number of Pages: 2p; Illustrations: 1 Graph; Document Type: Article