Call for Papers

The engagement of diverse people in an endeavor drives creativity and innovation, but in computing and STEM fields, broadening participation is also a matter of equity. It is critical that we, as the computer science education community, improve inclusion of diverse people, especially those from underrepresented populations. Globally, underrepresentation differs regionally and culturally by gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic advantage, physical, mental, and cognitive ability, and LGBT status. The need to support diversity becomes even more important for disenfranchised groups with limited legal rights and protections. Lest we think that this is a minority-only issue, consider developing countries or the poor of every nation, with little to no access to education and resources, where computing could help build the economy, health, education, and financial systems.

We invite submissions of research papers of two types: full papers (8 pages in length) and short papers (4 pages in length) on topics related to broadening participation in computing for all students, and for students from underrepresented groups in particular. Underrepresented groups in computing may differ according to location. In the United States, these groups include women, African Americans, Blacks, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics or Latino/as, socio-economically disadvantaged people, and all people with disabilities.

As an emerging community, we welcome a wide variety of submissions reporting on work related to broadening participation. We strongly encourage authors to situate their work within the context of at least one body of related literature. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of broadening participation research, related literature may be drawn from computer science education, education, learning sciences, cognitive or social psychology, social sciences, anthropology, and other related disciplines. Additionally, all submissions are strongly encouraged to link to a foundation of theory and to build upon that theory. Papers reporting on empirical studies must leverage appropriate research methods, and it is strongly recommended that authors explicitly state their research questions and hypotheses. The goal of this community is to build a literature of research results on broadening participation, so experience reports that describe an educational or outreach approach are encouraged to also synthesize related literature or theory in a meaningful way.


  • Inclusive computing curricula
  • Recruiting for diversity
  • Retention in computing departments
  • Computing outreach in K12
  • Teacher preparation to support learning computing for diverse students
  • Culturally aware curricula, pedagogies, and departmental strategies
  • Computing education research focused on differential impacts based on diversity (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, LGBT status)
  • Access to computing education (e.g. making computing available in developing countries)

Presentation types and submission details

  • Panels
  • Full research papers (≤ 8 pages)
  • Short research papers & experience reports (≤ 4 pages)
  • Posters (abstracts)
  • Submissions will be through PDF in IEEE format on

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: May 8, 2015
  • Full Paper, Short Paper, and Panel Submissions: May 1, 2015 May 15, 2015 (No further extensions provided.)
  • Author notifications for full/short papers and panels: June 15, 2015
  • Poster abstract submissions: June 8, 2015 June 30, 2015
  • Camera-ready for full and short papers and panels: June 30, 2015
  • Author notification for posters: July 15, 2015
  • Conference: August 13-14, 2015

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