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Language Matters: DEI and the Question of URM
Join Nicki Washington, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University and Tiffani L. Williams, a Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs in the Department of Computer Science, and a Dean’s Fellow in Inclusion, Belonging, and Engagement in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a panel conversation.

The discussion will be moderated by Fay Cobb Payton, Chief Programs Officer at the Kapor Center and Co-Chair of the ACM Education Board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computing Education Task Force.

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Nicki Washington
Professor of the Practice of CS and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies @Duke University
Nicki Washington is a professor of the practice of computer science and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies at Duke University and the author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field. She is currently the director of the Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows program and the NSF-funded Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE). She also serves as senior personnel for the NSF-funded Athena Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Her career in higher education began at Howard University as the first Black female faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. Her professional experience also includes Winthrop University, The Aerospace Corporation, and IBM. She is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University (BS) and North Carolina State University (MS and PhD), becoming the first Black woman to earn a PhD in CS at the university and 2019 Computer Science Hall of Fame Inductee.
Tiffani L. Williams
Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs, Department of Computer Science @University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tiffani L. Williams is a Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs in the Department of CS, and a Dean’s Fellow in Inclusion, Belonging, and Engagement in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she was the Director of CS Programs and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University-Charlotte, and before that, a faculty member in the Department of CS and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her awards and honors include a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship, an Edward, Frances, and Shirley Daniels Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE award, and a PopTech Science Fellow award. Williams has been recognized for teaching excellence at Texas A&M with the Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award, Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award, and the Distinguished Award in Teaching by the Association of Former Students.