ABOUT US

WHAT WE DO

blackcomputeHER.org (pronounced 'black computer') is dedicated to supporting computer science and STEM education and workforce development for black girls and women. We aim to leverage our research expertise to create clearinghouse for literature about black women in computing and disseminate data and information that creates a spirit of urgency around the lack of sustainable diversity in computing, particularly with the current efforts toward coding.  

blackcomputeHER.org organizes the annual blackcomputeHER conference which provides a platform for supporting the community of black women and girls in computing and technology through education and professional development.  We have a range of partners and sponsorship, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Intel, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  We are rapidly growing our community of partners.  Connect with us!

In 2015, black women earned 2.42% of undergraduate degrees in computer science (of all degree recipients).
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In 2017, black girls represented 2.69% of new Computer Science Principles AP test takers.
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Black women in the tech industry are offered $0.79 cents to every dollar offered to a white man.
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RESEARCH

Though there is literature examining why women do not pursue computer science (CS) (as well as literature that addresses why black students do not pursue CS) there is a scarcity of literature focusing on the intersectionality of gender and race to explore, more deeply, how issues of intersectionality impact black women in the CS pipeline.  We contribute to the growing body of research relating to black women and girls in computing.

PROGRAMS

Black women’s experiences differ from other women’s experiences.  The “double bind” nature of black women’s participation in CS & STEM describes the indistinguishable issues of discrimination relative to gender and race.  We design programs to support the growing community of black women in computing by exploring issues of intersectionality through empirical research and by amplifying black women's voices.

POLICY

We aim to leverage our research expertise to create a clearinghouse for literature about black women in computing and disseminate information that creates a spirit of urgency around the lack of sustainable diversity in computing.  We especially seek to support black girls' interest in computing by illuminating the myriad of career opportunities which include -- and but are not limited to -- coding.

OUR MISSION

The mission of blackcomputeHER.org is to support computer science and STEM education and workforce development for black girls and women.  We aim to leverage our research expertise to create clearinghouse for literature about black women in computing and disseminate data and information that creates a spirit of urgency around the lack of sustainable diversity.  

blackcomputeHER.org organizes the annual blackcomputeHER conference along with  professional development activities over the course of the year.  Please contact us for more information!