Computer Science Equity

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Preparing Students With Digital Literacies

California is home to tech companies that shape every aspect of daily life, yet there remains a stubborn and perilous gap in Computer Science (CS) education in California. Though USC Viterbi has a CS department ranked among the best in the nation, many schools near the university have only limited access to CS classes. Consequently, many students, especially low-income students, young women, and students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by the lack of access to CS education, leaving them unequipped to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
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Our Goals

For teachers:
  • Increased knowledge and self-efficacy in teaching CS
  • Increased interest in teaching CS
  • Increased sense of the real world relevance of CS across all disciplines
  • Increased interest in learning CS and viability of CS
For students:
  • Build CS skills 
  • Increased sense of the real world relevance of CS across all disciplines
  • Increased interest in learning CS and viability of CS

Our Solution

We have a comprehensive CS educational approach that is both local and expansive, providing tailored solutions to schools in USC's neighborhoods and comprehensive teacher training throughout Southern California to improve the region's urgent need to build CS capacity. See below for more information about the mechanisms of our approach.
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Published on September 24th, 2020

Last updated on May 24th, 2022