Special Event Schedule

What are special events? : Special events are sessions that take place outside the regular SIGCSE TS program and have been invited by the Symposium Chairs and/or the SIGCSE Board. These special events provide another way to engage with others at the Technical Symposium. Symposium registration is required to attend any SIGCSE TS 2021 special event. See each individual affiliated event for information on registering. For any questions related to affiliated events, please contact the organizers directly.

Improving Geographic Diversity at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium

Thursday, March 11 / 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET) and 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM (ET)

Event organizers : Brett Becker (University College Dublin), Amber Settle (DePaul University), Rodrigo Duran (Federal Institute of Mato Grosso do Sul)

Event contact : global@sigcse2021.org

How to register : Select this event during SIGCSE TS 2021 registration through Cvent. No additional cost and open to all registered Symposium attendees. This event can be added on later by editing your registration through Cvent.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) is one of the oldest and largest SIGs, and the SIGCSE Technical Symposium is the oldest and largest of the four SIGCSE conferences. However, over the past decade an average of 92% of symposium attendees are from the U.S. and 96% are from North America. Because SIGCSE is an international organization with members in well over 100 countries, this lack of geographic diversity and representation is troubling for SIGCSE because it may stifle collaboration, future membership, professional development, and dissemination of research, amongst many other effects. Further, improving geographic diversity is likely to improve many other types of diversity.

The goal of this event is to solicit input from attendees from around the globe, including both those who have previously attended the symposium and those who have not yet had a chance to attend. We want to understand what barriers potential attendees may face, how the SIGCSE organization and the TS leadership can work to remove those barriers, and spread word about various ways that SIGCSE engages members living outside North America.

Department Chairs' Roundtable

Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 / 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET) (Two-Day Event)

Event organizers : Cynthia Lester (Georgia State University) and Ran Libeskind-Hadas (Harvey Mudd College)

Event contact : hadas@cs.hmc.edu

How to register : Limited to department chairs in Computer Science (or related) departments. US$25 registration fee must be paid after selecting this event during SIGCSE TS 2021 registration through Cvent. This event can be added on later by editing your registration through Cvent.

The Chairs Roundtable will feature a diverse group of experienced Department Chairs to lead a series of discussions on topics and challenges associated with being a chair. The workshop will address three major themes: Administration, visioning, and maintaining the well-being of the chair and their faculty. The session will comprise a combination of short talks by experienced chairs, small group discussions, and further discussion by the entire group. The intended audience is new Department Chairs in Computer Science Departments or related departments.

Planning for Change: Identifying and Addressing the DEI Challenges in SIGCSE

Friday, March 12 / 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)

Event organizers : Nicki Washington (Duke University) and Leigh Ann DeLyser (CSforAll)

Event contact : nicki@cs.duke.edu

How to register : This event will appear as an open and free event in Pathable. SIGCSE TS 2021 registration required, but no seperate registration required.

In the fall of 2020, an ad hoc committee was formed to identify the concerns regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in SIGCSE. This session presents the results of the survey distributed across the SIGCSE listserv (including relevant themes identified) and next steps. This is also an opportunity for attendees to provide additional feedback and participate in this important effort to form the SIGCSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

SIGCSE TS 2020 Rewind

Sunday, March 14 / 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)

Event website : https://sigcse2021.sigcse.org/schedule/sigcsets2020rewind

Event organizers : Sarah Heckman (North Carolina State University) and Jian Zhang (Texas Woman's University)

Event contact : symposium@sigcse2021.org

How to register : This event will appear as an open and free event in Pathable. SIGCSE TS 2021 registration required, but no seperate registration required.

Join us for a special Technical Symposium event where we rewind… to SIGCSE TS 2020 (also known as the conference that wasn’t)!

The SIGCSE TS 2020 Rewind will feature presentations from some of our best papers, the most downloaded papers (showcasing community interest over the last year), and lightning talks. With the Rewind, we can recognize the work and community effort that went into SIGCSE TS 2020!

SIGCSE Business Meeting

Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 PM (ET) / Wednesday, March 24 at 12:30 PM (ET)

Event organizers : Adreinne Decker (SIGCSE Board Chair)

Event contact : adrienne@buffalo.edu

How to register : Registration is required for the events. Please use the following links to register for the appropirate session:

The SIGCSE Organization is required to hold a business meeting each year. Normally this meeting is held during the Technical Symposium. Due to the virtual nature of the symposium this year and the challenges in scheduling in this new format, the board felt it best to hold the annual business meeting immediately following the conference.

As with the online business meeting last year, we are providing two opportunities for the SIGCSE membership to attend the meeting. Both meetings will present the same content, but are at different times to try to accommodate as much of our global audience as possible.

These meetings will be recorded and posted to the SIGCSE website. If you have questions you would like to submit to the board before the meetings, please use this Google form: https://forms.gle/29D96uyavhwyQd1Y8