Do Computer Science Exposure Activities Increase Pursuit of Computer Science Higher Education for Underrepresented Groups?

The Kapor Center for Social Impact Tech Inclusion Research Team presented the findings of a study on the longitudinal results of computer science exposure activities during SMASH in a poster session at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) 2017 Conference held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-11, 2017. Results from the study include: (1) a statistically significant increase …

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 …

Expanding Opportunities in Computer Science Among Girls of Color: An Examination of an AP Preparatory Computer Science Intervention

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Chicago (April 16-20, 2015), examined the efficacy of a computer science preparatory intervention on computer science achievement and aspirations of underrepresented girls of color within LPFI’s SMASH program. View Presentation

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 …

Gender and Racial Stereotype Endorsement and Implications for STEM Outcomes Among High-Achieving Underrepresented Adolescent Females

This study utilized 75 female high-achieving high school students participating in a STEM intervention program to examine the extent to which students endorse negative racial and gender stereotypes about ability in STEM fields and the impact that endorsing negative stereotypes has on future STEM aspirations. In addition, the study examined whether the 5-week intervention program affected negative stereotype endorsement and …

The Tilted Playing Field: Hidden Bias in Information Technology Workplaces

The Tilted Playing Field: Hidden Bias in Information Technology Workplaces report was released September 2011. The report reveals that hidden biases within the workplace can produce unequal opportunities and outcomes for employees depending on their race and gender. This study reports on data collected from a sample of IT engineers and managers in large companies and small startups nationwide. Use …

Diversity in Non-Profit Organizations Research Study

The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Perceptions of Diversity in the Workplace is the culmination of a nationwide survey of over 1,600 nonprofit professionals and was produced in partnership with Commongood Careers and released April 12, 2011. The report reveals that perceptions of diversity and inclusiveness play a significant role in recruitment and retention of employees, particularly employees of color. As …

Race, Age and Gender in the Workplace

Level Playing Field Institute’s Race, Age and Gender in the Workplace Survey shows that conversations about race, age and gender increased since the historic 2008 presidential primaries irrespective of whether they are discouraged by company policy. Read about the impact of these conversations on workplace relations and what actions survey participants and LPFI recommends to employers in order to improve …