Alvidrez, M., Villa, E., & Rivera, J. (2023, October). Leadership Identity Development of Computer Science Undergraduates for a Diverse and Global World. 2023 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), College Station, TX, USA, 2023, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/FIE58773.2023.10343066.

This qualitative research paper presents findings from an interpretive case study of five undergraduate Hispanic computer science (CS) students in a pilot leadership course in the CS department of a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The course design drew on the relational model of leadership, a model that focuses on ethics and professional skills development and enhancing students’ readiness to meet the demands of an ever changing global and diverse technological world. These students applied their skill set at a national conference for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty and students. Data were collected from interviews with these five leadership students who participated as panelists in a faculty professional development workshop. Themes that emerged from the data analysis included students’ views of leadership, self, and self with others. The students considered their participation in both the leadership course and the conference as critical in shaping their leadership identities. Moreover, the study demonstrates how the leadership course supported students in enhancing their leadership meaning-making from a relational perspective while at the same time fostering the development of strong Latinx CS identities. These findings support the need for responsive curricula and learning opportunities that promote the development and practice of professional skills to prepare undergraduate CS students, those who are Latinx, to meet workforce and societal demands.

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