The focus of the Center for Inclusive Computing is to develop and implement programs that create a welcoming atmosphere for computing as a discipline and encourage more students from populations underrepresented in computing to pursue computing-related undergraduate degrees.
School of Computing and UCIC Director Mary Hall says, “Given how important computing is to job growth in Utah, it is critical that the computing workforce be representative of the people of the state.”
The center focuses on three pressing needs: boosting recruiting efforts in first-year computing classes; retaining these students in their computing curriculum through graduation; and better preparing high school students in math and computer science before they enter college. UCIC has partnered with community leaders who will help guide the activities of the center and develop new programs to meet the needs of all involved.
Recognizing the importance of inclusion in computing, the University of Utah’s School of Computing and College of Engineering have created the Utah Center for Inclusive Computing (UCIC) in an effort to boost the percentage of students in the university’s programs from populations currently underrepresented in computing.