Visibility Lunches

Sarah was thinking of organizing a weekly come-eat-your lunch in CSC 1st floor lounge area. To help organize what days to schedule these lunches, please enter your availability in the following when2meet:

Don’t worry about the exact dates (e.g. Sept 11) just enter your availability for days in general (e.g. Mondays).

3 thoughts on “Visibility Lunches

  1. I just saw your poster for the “Diversity in computing mixer”. I found the image hugely ironic: I could not find a single man on it.

    • Hello Markian,

      I’m writing in response to your comment on the website regarding the Diversity in Computing posters. Just to reiterate, your comment was that you found the posters to be “hugely ironic” as you could not “find a single man on it”.

      I’m going to assume that the poster you’ve written in about is the one depicting people in wonder women costumes. As an aside, there are two other posters which we’ve printed in equal numbers. We can send them to you in an email in case you wish to inspect them as well.

      One of the missions of Ada’s Team is to encourage women to join the department and to stay. It’s a priority of ours because women are 50% of the population at large, but only 15% of the undergraduate CompSci population. According to this study from Carnegie Mellon University, a big impact can be made towards gender parity by creating a peer culture in which women are given space to support and mentor each other.

      Undergraduate Women in Computer Science:
      Experience, Motivation and Culture
      Allan Fisher, Jane Margolis, and Faye Miller

      So we decided to have one out of three posters to specifically solicit women to the mixer.

      Treasurer of Ada’s Team

      • Kit,

        I fully appreciate the unfortunate disparity between male and female enrolment in undergraduate computing. It’s certainly a problem, and it has nothing to do with “predisposition” as some like to think: I know women doing theory-based research in computing, and I can’t understand a quarter of what their brains can do. (Based on my quickly thought-up data point of n=5.) So I completely agree that we need to get more women to consider computing at an earlier age.

        However, I think that part of the problem is the feeling of computing as a “boys’ club”. Certainly the “boys” often don’t help with this portrayal, and it can push a young girl away pretty quickly if she’s not already passionate for the field. Nevertheless, diversity is the inclusion of people of things of different types. To have a diversity poster which only has pictures of women is pretty much the definition of situational irony: You don’t actually hope that one day computing has no men in it, do you?

        By all means, the Wonder Woman costumes are a great message, and I love the name of your group! But the poster with Wonder Woman has all the inclusiveness of a sorority advertisement: It says to me that as a man, I am not wanted here; this seems at odds with your message. I do not believe female enrolment in computing is a problem that can be solved by ignoring the male half of the equation. Indeed, I think the men and boys need to be part of the solution from just as early an age! How do I, as a man in IT, help? Your poster tells me that I can’t, or at least not with your group. Is that really the message you want to portray?

        Thanks for your thoughtful response to my post, and I apologize for not being more articulate in the first place. I’m not at all attacking your group or its goals; I’m just trying to help a bit.

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