Juan Gilbert, Ph.D., The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and chair of the UF Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), decided to write a set of guidelines for diversity and inclusion in crisis.
“I am writing in response to the events that have impacted the Black community, the Black computing community,” he says. “My experiences span more than 20 years and those experiences are the foundation for these guidelines.”
His own journey has led him to encourage professors and teachers in STEM to reach out to Black students immediately. In his recently published guidelines, he notes a conversation with Black students is just the beginning. He also offers questions that professors can use to check in with their students, such as “do you feel safe?”Learn more about AAAS Fellow Juan Gilbert Builds Tech for Voting and to Make Stem More Diverse.