Diversity and Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion program assists underrepresented minorities, women, and Minority Serving Institution faculty in receiving the benefits of XSEDE community membership

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects one million unfilled high-tech jobs by 2020 due to lack of qualified U.S. college graduates.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014 there were more than 20 million children under five years-old living in the U.S., and 50% of them were minorities. As a nation, we are projected to become a majority minority population in 2040. In contrast, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1.4 million computer-science related jobs available by 2020, but colleges will only graduate 400,000 students qualified to fill these positions, leaving a deficit of one million unmet high-tech jobs.

Creating a more diverse and inclusive STEM workforce is vital to America's economic future and is a foundation for two of XSEDE's strategic goals:

  • Raising the general awareness of the value of advanced digital research services
  • Preparing the current and next generation of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and engineers in the use of advanced digital technologies through training, education, outreach, and consultations

The XSEDE Broadening Participation program, with the support of the entire XSEDE team, assists underrepresented minorities (URM), women, and Minority Serving Institution (MSI) faculty in joining the XSEDE community so that they can benefit from the resources and services provided. The Program collaborates with individual researchers in support of their research and teaching goals and with institutions to promote broad adoption of computational science and data analytics in their research practice. The XSEDE Diversity Forum connects outreach and diversity managers at each of the XSEDE partners for the purpose of sharing best practices, program opportunities, and reviewing XSEDE services and programs to ensure that they are inclusive.

The program's components—conference exhibiting, campus visits, regional workshops, and the minority research community — create awareness and increase URM and MSI faculty participation in the XSEDE community.

 


Daring Greatly, SC16 Advanced Computing for Social Change facilitators and participants - Photo by Marques Bland

XSEDE Broadening Participation Program Next Stops

  • SC17, November 12 – 17, 2017, Denver, Advanced Computing for Social Change Student Workshop and the XSEDE Booth #225
  • Emerging Researchers National Conference, February 22-24, 2018, Washington, D.C.
  • ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, September 19-22, 2018, Orlando
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, September 26-28, 2018, Houston
  • SACNAS, the National Diversity in STEM Conference, October 11-13, 2018, San Antonio

Key Points
Building Community
Developing Capacity
Fostering Inclusion
Contact Information
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XSEDE Broadening Participation Program
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