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Mission Statement

Broadening Participation will engage under-represented minority researchers from domains and institutions that are not traditional users of advanced computing. Our target audience ranges from potential users with no computational experience to computationally savvy researchers, educators, Campus Champions, and administrators that will promote change at their institutions for increased use of advanced digital services for research and teaching.

Goals, Metrics, KPIs




Number of new underrepresented individuals (women and racial/ethnic minorities) users


> 250/qtrDeepen/Extend – Extending use to new communities (§3.1.2)


Number of sustained underrepresented individuals (women and racial/ethnic minorities) users


> 1,750/yrDeepen/Extend – Extending use to new communities (§3.1.2)


Longitudinal Assessment of XSEDE Inclusion &Equity via the Climate Survey


Number of underrepresented students benefiting from XSEDE resources and services through training, XSEDE projects, or conference attendance

> 650/qtrDeepen/Extend — Prepare the current and next generation (§3.1.3)
Number of students benefiting from XSEDE resources and services through training, XSEDE projects, or conference attendance> 2,000/qtrDeepen/Extend — Prepare the current and next generation (§3.1.3)


# of new underrepresented individuals (women and racial/ethnic minorities) users




> 250/qtr
# of sustained underrepresented individuals (women and racial/ethnic minorities) users


> 1,750/yr

Team Members

Linda AkliSURAL3


Rosalia GomezTACC


Student Programs
Sue FratkinTACCACSC Public Policy
John HollySURA


Exhibiting, Training & Workshop Event
Dawn HunterTACCACSC 

Je'aime Powell

Jaye NiasSURAACSC Data Science

Communication & Meetings

Bi-weekly CEE-BP


calls are


Tuesdays @11:am eastern.


Call coordinates 

Call Notes

2017_01_10 Call Notes.pdf

2017_03_28 Call Notes.pdf

2017_06_13 Call Notes.pdf

2017_07_25Call Notes.pdf

2017_08_22 Call Notes.pdf

2017_10_31 Call Notes.pdf

2018_01_16 Call Notes.pdf

2018_03_20 Call Notes.pdf

2018_04_03 Call Notes.pdf

Effective 2020, Broadening Participation and Workforce Development is a combined bi-weekly call., Meeting ID: 990 7073 1207, Password: 139324

Broadening Participation - Workforce Development Call Notes

New Staff Orientation

  1. XSEDE New Staff Guide


  1. Increasing Diversity in Hiring
  2. Professional Development
    1. Attend XSEDE New User and Successful Allocations Proposal webinars at a minimum annually.
    2. Attend other XSEDE training webinars as needed.
    3. Participate in webinars on Inclusion in STEM offered by NSF Includes Coordination Hub, National Academy of Sciences, and others
  3. Event Planning Process
    1. Guide to Organizing Inclusive Scientific Meetings
    2. ACM Guide to Organizing Virtual Conferences,
  4. Under-Represented Minority, Institution Classifications, and Data Sets
    1. The Carnegie ClassificationTM has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four and a half decades.
    2. Individual look up of institutions -
    3. What is an HBCU?
    4. Definition of Hispanic-Serving Institutions
    5. Tribal Colleges and Universities Profiles
    6. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2017 Report


Campus Visits - PY6


  1. Kate & Linda met with Senior Leadership to discuss curriculum and the potential for a consortium approach to address issues. XSEDE-Akli_Cahill_01_2017_UPRM.pdf
  2. Jay Alameda met with researchers and provided consulting support:
    1. Dr. Guillermo Araya  , Computational Fluid Dynamics: Previous user with an allocation request submitted to the March XRAC. Has access to blue waters for teaching a course and Interested in attending PEARC17.
    2. Dr. Dorothy Bollman, Mathematics: Current user with installation and environment issues self-installing Pycud in home directory, Jay submitting a ticket to request that Pycuda be installed initially on stampede and subsequently on all GPU systems.
    3. Dr. Edgar Acuna, Mathematics: Edgar is a previous user of XSEDE resources but wants to now engage as a big data user using Python and Spark. Jay recommended submitting a startup for comet, wrangler and bridges with ECSS support.


  1. Call set up by Yvonne Harris, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Research and Scholarship, Division of Academic Affairs who was unable to attend call due to illness
  2. Presented an abbreviated XSEDE Overview What is XSEDE-Akli_02_2017_JMU.pdf
  3. Referral to Education Program (Kate Cahill) for additional discussion of curriculum, competencies
  4. Referral to Campus Engagement (Dana Brunson) for campus champions information.
  5. Since the call, JMU is planning on appointing a campus champion then will begin to develop a plan for training and possible XSEDE awareness events.
  6. There is one JMU power user who has been using resources managed by TeraGrid and XSEDE.


  1. Meeting with Jayshree Sarma, Interim Director, Research Computing and XSEDE Campus Champion
  2. Referral to XSEDE Education: Interest in how to expand Computational and Data Science curriculum at William and Mary, Old Dominion University, George Mason and several of the other smaller institutions.
  3. Referral to Campus Engagement and Student Programs: Jayshree would also like to offer HPC boot camps for students on her campus. Also participates in a VA consortium that might be interested in a presentation on the XSEDE Education Program. Consortium includes:
  4. Referral to PEARC17 Website: Interest in students participating in the conference. Some concern about the requirement for partial funding from a student's institution will be a barrier for GMU students.
  5. Due to the location of GMU and the surrounding population, GMU serves a diverse population including women. Suggested that approaching campus broadening participation programs or centers to make sure XSEDE information about student programs is distributed in a way to reach everyone. CEE-BP and CEE-Campus Engagement can work together to develop strategies and possible events.


Campus Visits - PY7

  1. Mar 14, 2018, North Carolina A&T for the NC HBCU IT Administrators Community of Practice Meeting, coordinated by Linda
    1. Organized by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Minority Telecommunications Development Office of Policy Analysis and Development
    2. Participants included Barbara Scotia, NCAT, NCCU, and Shaw
    3. Outcomes -  interest in organizing a faculty and IT administrators workshop for all 11 HBCU campuses
    4. Shaw interested in joining Champions program
  2. April 11, 2018, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman, coordinated by Linda
    1. Meeting with CAU President and Provost to discuss strategic plans and curriculum initiatives
    2. Seminar for faculty from all three institutions including XSEDE Overview by Linda and Science Cases by Jay
    3. Technical consulting with prospective users from all three institutions
  3. April 16 - 19, 2018, California State University Visits, TBD, coordinated by Rosie
  4. May 1, 2018, University of Texas at El Paso, coordinated by Rosie
    1. One hour XSEDE Overview presentation
    2. Additional activities to be determined

2017 Conference Participation

  1. Mar 2 - 4, Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC
    1. Vetria Byrd of Purdue participated with CEE-BP in staffing the XSEDE table and filled in for Linda Akli (who was double booked at that time with research oral presentations) in the professional development workshop
    2. Marques Bland of TACC participated in staffing the XSEDE table
    3. Linda Akli was a "head" judge for undergraduate computer science oral presentations
    4. Over 60student contacts were made, reconnected with Tuskegee faculty who would like an XSEDE visit
    5. The panel with the author of Hidden Figures, keynote talks were also exceptionally inspiring
  2. May 18 - 19, South Carolina State University, NSF’s regional partnership program Workshop
    1. Dana Brunson and Linda Akli participated on panels.
    2. Several new champions identified at this meeting including Damian Clarke (a former XSEDE14 student participant and now SCSU's CIO), Mauise Ricard (new CIO at Morehouse), Terris Riley (Clinton College)
    3. Linda spoke at length with John Bennett, Lead Instructor of Business and Computer Related Technology at Denmark Technical College and made a referral to Ruby Mendenhall based on project interest.
    4. Linda lunch discussion with Mauise Ricard hopefully puts in motion some re-organization of Champions at Morehouse and stronger engagement.
    5. Three conference participants applied for travel support to PEARC17 and two were awarded to Damian Clarke and Mauise Ricard
    6. There appears to be strong potential to host an workshop which could draw from faculty at SCSU, Claflin, Clinton College, and Denmark Technical College.
  3. Sep 20 - 23, ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, Atlanta, GA
    1. Obtained contact information for over 60 students
    2. Connected with NCAR to discuss ACSC workshop at SC16 and enlist support for promoting
    3. Conducted standing room only Birds of a Feather session about ACSC and obtained contact information for several faculty interested in discussing curriculum development
    4. Recommend continuing to engage with the program committee, submit sessions, and exhibit in 2018
  4. Oct 4 - 6, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Orlando, FL
    1. Brief conversation with Sarah Echohawk, CEO of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
    2. Promoted ACSC to two Denver institutions exhibiting 
    3. Excellent keynotes, talks, and papers
    4. Exhibit options too expensive. Should submit a panel proposal focused on Advanced Computing for Social Change for 2018.
  5. Oct 19 - 21, SACNAS, The National Diversity in STEM Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
    1. Using lead retrieval, obtained over 100 student contacts
    2. Champions from UC Merced and University of Utah were tremendous assistance to Rosie at the XSEDE exhibit table
    3. Recommend continuing to engage with the program committee, submit sessions, and exhibit in 2018

2017 Conference Participation

Diversity Forum Establishment

  • Updates to be added

Workshops - PY6


  1. Nov 2 - Python Part I Antonio Gomez (TACC)
  2. Nov 9 - Intro to Linux, Part II, Daniel Lucio (NICS)
  3. Nov 30 - Python Part II Antonio Gómez (TACC)
  4. Dec 7 - R, David Walling (TACC)
  5. Logistics: Ana Gonzalez (Campus Champion), promoted, obtained lab room, took attendance, onsite proctor
  6. Logistics - Marquez Bland (TACC) set up the XSEDE Zoom conferencing for the event. This appeared to work well.
  7. Logistics - John Holly (SURA) managed registration, provided sign-in sheets to Ana, and monitored the sessions
  8. Logistics - Jay Alameda (NCSA) coordinated resource access
  9. Evaluation: Attendees registered through the portal and attendance marked in the portal
  10. Evaluation: Only a small number of surveys completed. Need to identify how to get a better completion rate for webinars.


  1. Planning team Akli, Alameda, Cahill, Holly, Rivera, Rachel Vincent-Finley (Campus Champion)
  2. Pre-event survey opened Jan 17, 2016 and closed February 15.
  3. Registration is over 30 participants and based on the campus culture could have significant number of walk ins.
  4. Senior Leadership meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Mar 31. Linda and Kate will present along with Rachel Vincent-Finley, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Sciences and Engineering and Campus Champion.


  1. Planning team: Akli, Alameda, Cahill, Holly, Rivera, Carmen Wright (Campus Champion)
  2. Pre-event survey opened Sep 8, 2016 and completed.
  3. Registration opened March 21st.
  4. Bi-weekly planning calls are held Thursdays at 2pm eastern on the CEE-BP Skype number starting February 9th.
  5. Webinar series starting Nov 7 with Intro to Scientific Visualization presentation by SDSC


    1. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Persistence, Retention, and Attainment of 2011–12 First-Time Beginning Postsecondary Students as of Spring 2017

  1. Research Reports
    1. Alumni of Tribal Colleges Better Their Communities, Gallup Poll and American Indian Fund, 2019, Alumni of Tribal Colleges and Universities Better Their Communities.pdf
    2. White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities 2019 Federal Agencies Priorities Briefing,
    3. Increasing Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computing: The Landscape and What You Can Do, IEEE Computer, 2019, mco2018100024.pdf
    4. What Would it Take to overcome the damaging effects of structural racism and ensure a more equitable future, Urban Institute, 2019.05.12_Next50 structural racism_finalized (1).pdf
    5. 2019 Fact Sheet, Hispanic Higher Education and HSIs, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, 2018_HSI_FactSheet.pdf
    6. Playbook on Best Practices: Gender Equality in Tech, 2018_HSI_FactSheet.pdf
    7. Evidence-based Strategies for Improving Equity and Inclusion of Individuals in Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups


10/6 and 10/13/2021Introduction to Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum: Agent-based ModelingVirtualPanoff, Weeden
10/28 - 10/30/2021SACNAS National Conference

Kansas City, MO

11/14 - 11/19/2021SC21 - Computing4Change, HPC in the City Hackathonhybrid, St. Louis, MOAkli, Fratkin, Gomez, Hunter, Powell
12/18/2021Advanced Computing for Social Change Community Development OrientationVirtualAki, Cahill, Holly, Nias
1/15/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change Community Development Workshop #1VirtualAkli, Cahill, Holly, Nias
2/26/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change Community Development Workshop #2VirtualAkli, Cahill, Holly, Nias
3/26/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change Community Development Workshop #3VirtualAkli, Cahill, Holly, Nias
3/21 - 3/25/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change - PacificVirtualAkli, Fratkin, Gomez, Holly, Hunter et al
3/24/ - 3/27/2022Association of Computer and Information Science/Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) Symposium 2022- High Performance Computing and GatewaysVirtualHolly, Powell
3/31 - 4/4/2022ADMI HackathonVirtualHolly, Powell
4/11/2022University of California Santa Barbara Black Studies Data Science with XSEDE seminarVirtualAkli
4/12/2022U of Cincinnati Data Day Power Session: ACSC Curriculum WorkshopVirtualCahill
4/23/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change Community Development Workshop #4VirtualAkli, Cahill, Holly, Nias
5/17/2022R for Data AnalysisVirtualCahill, Ouma,
5/16 - 5/20/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change - EastWashington, DCAkli, Fratkin, Gomez, Holly, Hunter et al
5/26 - 5/27/2022Conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT)VirtualAkli, Cahill, Nias
5/21/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change Community Development Workshop #5VirtualAkli, Cahill, Holly, Nias
6/3/2022Advanced Computing for Social Change Faculty WorkshopVirutalAkli, Cahill
6/13 - 21/2022Computational Chemistry for EducatorsVirtualCahill
7/10 - 7/14/2022PEARC22 - HackathonBostonHolly, Powell

Campus Visits PY11 - To be determined. Virtual until pandemic conditions and travel restrictions change.

Campus Visits PY10 - None due to COVID related travel restrictions.

Campus Visits Prior to PY10/PY11

Conference Participation Prior to PY10/PY11