According to the National Science Foundation, the percentage of undergraduate women in computer science from 2004-2014 fell 7% and in math there was a 3.1% decline. The data is also grim for racial/ethnic minorities: there was a decline in the number American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, and Black/African Americans. A growing need and dropping enrollment does not make for good picture for the future workforce. These statistics show an unfortunate inattention for diversity and inclusion and also point to why the Broader Engagement (BE) Program is so important.
The BE Program was created as a method to engage populations of people consistently underrepresented in computational science and engineering. BE also strives to change the community’s perspective of who belongs in STEM. SHI is excited to be preparing for the fourth biennial BE program at SIAM CSE21!
Not only that, the BE program engages the broader community by providing opportunities for scientists to:
volunteer as a guide, mentor, or committee member
learn how to create a more diverse and inclusive society
become an advocate
BE alumni participants share incredible stories of life-altering experiences.
Please make a tax-deductible donation to the SIAM CSE21 BE fundraising campaign.
Organizations and individuals can fund student student travel, Guided Affinity Breakfasts, and/or networking events. To learn more, click here.