Welcome to the Workshop on Departmental Plans for BPC

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is committed to broadening participation in computing (BPC). CISE strongly encourages meaningful actions that address the longstanding under representation of various populations — including women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities — in the computing field. Learn more about the CISE BPC effort.

Since 2017, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has been piloting efforts for broadening participation in computing (BPC). The directorate has started asking CISE Principal Investigators to include meaningful BPC plans in proposals submitted to a subset of CISE’s research programs. To support departments in preparing for this new effort, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites teams of 2-3 administrators and faculty members from computing institutions to apply to participate in a workshop focused on Departmental Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing. 

This NSF sponsored workshop will take place from November 13-15, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science). Participants will spend 1.5 days learning from BPC experts and working in break-out groups to develop a departmental plan for their own unit. The culmination of the workshop will be a departmental plan that leadership teams can take back to their unit for their faculty to use in support of their NSF CISE proposals. Additionally, teams will be encouraged to share their department plan with the  computing community on the BPCnet Resource Portal.


The NSF-BPC Departmental Plan Workshop is open to teams of 2-3 computing department administrators and faculty who will be developing Departmental Plans for their home unit. Teams need not have experience developing BPC departmental plans to apply. Only one application per team should be submitted. At least two people per institution should plan on attending.

Applications are now closed and final teams have been selected — we look forward to seeing you soon!

Workshop Organizing Committee