Three members of the College of Computing community were recently named as 2019 Georgia Tech Diversity and Inclusion Fellows.
Constellations Center for Equity in Computing Fellow Shana White, computer science (CS) undergraduate student Lorin Achey, and CS graduate student Keshav Bumbraw were among 21 people from across campus earning the prestigious fellowship this year. In all, there were 94 applicants.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected for this fellowship. It is my hope that my project will continue to help bridge the gaps, increase teacher self-efficacy, and increase access to computational thinking, computer science, STEM materials and activities for teachers to integrate within their classrooms, all of which are desperately needed,” said White.
White’s project will use a stipend from the fellowship to support the professional development of any metro-Atlanta area middle or high school teacher who teaches a student population that predominantly comprises students of color. The project will work to better equip Georgia teachers in integrating computer science along with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula into their schools. It may also give more teachers an opportunity to prepare for and take the computer science certification test.
Supported by Institute Diversity and the ADVANCE program, the fellowship program cultivates a network of ambassadors who will advance a culture of inclusive excellence. Each class of fellows consists of faculty, staff, and students who work collectively and individually to make Georgia Tech’s campus a place where people feel comfortable, safe, and empowered to discuss inclusion and diversity.
Past projects from Diversity and Inclusion Fellows include events like Black Women Gather, Ending the Gender Gap in STEM Fields, International Alumni-Student Mentorship Program, and LGBTQUIA+ Storytelling in Virtual Reality.