The California Computer Science Access Report

Because technology fuels California’s economy, computer science (CS) education has become foundational to the success of its future workforce. With California’s leading role in the tech sector, it must also lead the way in preparing the next generation of students to succeed in this future state of the world. Yet, this report indicates that while some progress has been made …


While the technology sector remains one of the fastest growing industries across the nation and continues to rapidly permeate all facets of society, the next generation of the computing workforce must be equipped with the skills to examine how current systems exacerbate inequities and to develop new, more equitable innovations. To enable this shift, current computer science (CS) instruction will …

SMASH Impact Report 2017 Executive Summary

SMASH evaluation data have been collected each summer for seven years, along with annual alumni surveys to examine longitudinal outcomes of SMASH scholars. The SMASH Impact Report 2017 Executive Summary provides the summary of these results from this past year of data collection. View Publications

SMASH Impact Report 2017

SMASH evaluation data have been collected each summer for seven years, along with annual alumni surveys to examine longitudinal outcomes of SMASH scholars. The SMASH Impact Report 2017 provides the highlights of these results from this past year of data collection. View Publication      

The Leaky Tech Pipeline: A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding and Addressing the Lack of Diversity across the Tech Ecosystem

This report introduces the Leaky Tech Pipeline Framework, explores data on underrepresentation and barriers to diversity, and provides a roadmap for comprehensive interventions and solutions to increase racial and gender diversity across the tech ecosystem. Check out the report below:   View Report

Intersectional STEM Network Formation: Longitudinal Peer Support, Anti-Blackness, and Persistence in STEM for Underrepresented Students

Peer networks formed in a rigorous HS STEM summer program were related to persistence in studying STEM in college however were not sufficient to overcome isolation in STEM majors. Latinx students were significantly more likely to report being close to another program alumna. Gender was not significant predictor of persistence in STEM however racial/ethnic identities were, suggesting anti-blackness is a …

Influence and Motivation in STEM Among Underrepresented High School Students of Color

“Presented at the 2016 American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference in Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2016), this qualitative study examined the differing ways that boys and girls of color in the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) STEM program describe their motivations to pursue STEM studies. Among other findings of note, girls of color often reported entering STEM because …

Peer Network Effects and Persistence in Pursuit of STEM Higher Education for Underrepresented Groups

Presented at the 2015 National Symposium on Student Retention (November 4, 2015), this poster illuminates the role that gender and ethnic/racial identities play in the formation of peer networks in STEM for underrepresented students of color, with a special investigation of Computer Science majors. Among its findings: ethnic/racial identities, however not gender identities, are proposed as moderators of the attainment …

Perceived Barriers to Higher Education in STEM

This article was published in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Abstract: The underrepresentation of people of color in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has become an increasing concern nationwide, with efforts focused on understanding mechanisms causing underrepresentation and implementing policies and interventions to increase diversity within STEM fields. Given the structural …

Gender and Racial Stereotype Endorsement: Examining the Impact on STEM Outcomes

This research study was presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention (May 22-25, 2014) in San Francisco. The research has implications for further understanding the presence and impact of psychological barriers to pursuit and persistence in STEM fields for students of color and has implications for effective programming to decrease stereotype endorsement and improve STEM outcomes among this …

Perceived Barriers and Endorsement of Stereotypes Among Adolescent Girls of Color in STEM

This presentation took place at the Alliance for Girls 2014 Annual Conference in San Francisco (May 28, 2014). The research explored data on the underrepresentation of girls of color in STEM, and findings relating to the perception of barriers to success in STEM and the endorsement of negative stereotypes about STEM ability by adolescent girls of color. View Presentation

Rigor, Role Models, and Relevance: Examining the Impact of a Culturally Relevant STEM Intervention Program for Underrepresented High School Students of Color

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Philadelphia (April 3-7,2014), examined the effectiveness of a secondary level STEM intervention program; specifically, the impact this program has on student outcomes, and whether this program alleviates structural and psychological barriers and contributes to success in STEM.]] View Presentation