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Telling the Stories of the BPC Alliances: How One NSF Program is Changing the Face of Computing

Computer science is a creative and team-oriented discipline. Its work underlies discoveries made in other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, with exciting applications to many other fields such as journalism, arts, humanities, gaming, and social science. But trends in degrees earned by U.S. citizens in computer science have been declining. To increase their contributions, groups that historically have participated at very low rates must be recruited: minorities, women, and students with disabilities. Failing to do so will concede talent to other fields, eliminate talent from the Computing/Information Technology (IT) workforce, and rob us all of the diverse perspectives and novelty that will shape the future of technology.