Rivera, J., Gates, A. Q., Villa, E., & Morreale, P. (2023, October). Expanding Pathways for Hispanic Students to Enter and Succeed in Computing Graduate Studies. 2023 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), College Station, TX, USA, 2023, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1109/FIE58773.2023.10343367.

Involving diverse individuals who bring different perspectives, experiences, and disciplinary knowledge in solving problems is critical in our nation’s ability to innovate and compete in a global economy. Unfortunately, the trends in the number of graduates with advanced degrees, in particular ethnically and racially diverse citizens and permanent residents, are insufficient to meet current and future national needs. This is exacerbated in computing, which is one of the least diverse fields. Despite the growth in numbers of Hispanics nationally and their representation in undergraduate studies, the number of Hispanic citizens and permanent residents who enter and complete graduate computing studies is disturbingly low. Studies report that Hispanic graduate students across all fields of study feel isolated and alienated, face lack of support, experience low expectations from faculty, and a negative racial/ethnic climate. Students often encounter a STEM culture centered on competition and selectivity, and this must be addressed to increase pathways to the doctorate to support our nation’s economic and national security goals. This paper describes a collective effort of institutions with high enrollments of Hispanic students that have built partnerships among non-doctoral-granting and doctoral-granting institutions to increase representation of Hispanics in graduate studies. Led by NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), the collective employs evidence-based practices grounded in the Hispanic-servingness literature to address the root causes.

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