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Talking about Race in CS Education

Professor Mark Guzdial

Credit: University of Michigan June 5, 2020

The horrific death of George Floyd and the social unrest in the U.S. have raised awareness of race that has been too long left out of the mainstream conversations. I am explicitly thinking about how to incorporate an understanding of race (and culture and other identity characteristics) when we teach computer science (CS). I am just as guilty of not considering the issues of race in CS education in my everyday practice. I am in a position of privilege. I have not had to face the same life experiences that my students and colleagues have.


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