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Title: Using Organizational Change Theories to Examine Women-in-Computing Groups
Authors: Wu, Jue
Uttal, David
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Wu, J. & Uttal, D. (2022). Using organizational change theories to examine women-in-computing groups. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1912-1913). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The gender imbalance in computer science is getting worse, with computer science being the only Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field in which women’s representation has steadily declined throughout the past few decades. This study focuses on one attempt to redress the lack of women in computer science—Women-inComputing (WiC) college clubs. Drawing on organizational change theories, we ask: How do students engage in WiC? Do WiC clubs engender changes? If so, how? We argue that WiC is an identity, a community, a safe space, and the beginning of a career-long practice of mentoring future women in computer science. Moreover, changes driven by such clubs have brought impacts to both the individual level students and the organizational level computer science departments. This study offers a new perspective on applying organizational change theories and contributes to the broader research community on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
Description: Poster
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2022

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