The University of Texas at El Paso, with a consortium of more than 40 other institutions and organizations from the public and private sector, is at the forefront of a national effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who participate in computing.
The work will be led by Ann Gates, Ph.D., professor and chair of UTEP’s Department of Computer Science, who recently was named a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant worth $9,900,000. Gates is one of a number of collaborators from UTEP who work with counterparts at other institutions and organizations to make up the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI).
CAHSI will serve as the lead partner in a collaboration through NSF’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program. NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups.
The alliance’s vision is to ensure Hispanics comprise 20 percent of graduates in computing disciplines, nationally, by 2030.
“We are grateful and pleased to be a part of this NSF initiative,” Gates said. “NSF INCLUDES recognizes the importance of inclusion and equity as a means of advancing discovery. We cannot advance research unless we are inclusive in who contributes to research efforts. We are now poised to help further diversify the workforce. Our efforts will lead to innovation because we’re involving students and faculty who provide unique perspectives to solve problems that require computing and technology knowledge.” - Pablo Villa