Zimmerman, H. B., Toven-Lindsey, B., Sax, L. J., Lehman, K. L., & Blaney, J. M. (2019). Building momentum: How department chairs lead initiatives to broaden participation in computer science. In Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT). Minneapolis, MN: IEEE.

Broadening participation in computer science (CS) for women and underrepresented minority (URM) students is an important national priority. This research is part of a larger, longitudinal, qualitative study that highlights the role of the department chair in leading diversity-related change initiatives at a set of institutions across the country. Findings from this study reveal important insights about how department chairs lead diversity-related change efforts. Further, findings also highlight the ways that department chairs grapple with dramatically increasing enrollments, representative diversity, and critical mass.

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