RESPECT 2024 Organizing Committee

General Chair

Tamara Pearson, Georgia Institute of Technology


Committee NameCurrent Chairs
AccessibilityBrianna Blaser (University of Washington)
DigitalTerry Foster (Georgia Institute of Technology)
ProgramMaya Israel (University of Florida)
Carla Strickland (University of Chicago)

Track Chairs:
Earl Huff (University of Texas, Austin)
Stacey Sexton (Sagefox Consulting)
Naja Mack (Morgan State University)

Experience Reports:
Sharin Jacob (University of California, Irvine)
Todd Lash (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Gayithri Jayathirtha (University of Oregon)

Perspectives on Equity:
Felesia Stukes (Johnson C. Smith University)
Monique Ross (The Ohio State University)

Perspectives on Policy:
Kimberly King-Jupiter (Alabama State University)
Janice Mak (Arizona State University)
Local ArrangementsAnona Shugart Walker (Google)
RegistrationSurely Akiri (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Finance and SponsorshipDavid Lockett (Meharry Medical College)
Steering CommitteeJamie Payton (Temple University)
Christina Gardner-McCune (University of Florida)
George K. Thiruvathukal (Loyola University-Chicago)
Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College)
Tiffany Barnes (North Carolina State University)
SIGCSE Liaison – Yolanda Rankin (Emory University)
CSTA Liaison – Shaina Glass

The RESPECT 2024 Organizing Committee is charged with the planning, coordination, and development of the RESPECT 2024 Conference including topics, schedule, speakers, and coordination of any special events offered in conjunction with the conference.

Specifically, the Organizing Committee is responsible for:

  • Developing the annual conference theme for and ensuring all conference planning decisions adhere to the RESPECT mission.
  • Developing an agenda for the conference that is timely, promotes dialogue, and contributes to the research base in computing equity.
  • Securing volunteers to chair conference committees.
  • Securing presenters, moderators, facilities, and equipment necessary to implement the conference.
  • Supporting the Accessibility Co-Chairs
  • Providing all needed information to the Digital Co-Chairs

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Accessibility Committee:

The Accessibility Committee is charged with making RESPECT 2024 accessible to and equitable for people with disabilities. This includes communicating the values and needs of disabled community members and facilitating provision of accessibility services at RESPECT 2024.

Committee Members:

  • Committee Co-Chairs (2)
  • Committee Members (2-4)

Time Commitment:

  • 1-hour monthly meeting with the Accessibility Committee
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of meetings per month; more time may needed in the lead-up to the conference.

The Accessibility Committee will focus on:

  • Ensuring the conference location, venue, website, submission and review process, papers, presentations, meals, and social events are as welcoming and accessible as possible for all attendees.
  • Ensuring attendee and presenter needs are understood and addressed.

Digital Committee

The Digital Committee is charged with creating the digital strategy for RESPECT 2024 including maintaining the RESPECT 2024 website.

Committee Members:

  • Committee Co-Chairs (2)
  • Committee Members (1-2)

Time Commitment:

  • 1-hour monthly meeting with the Digital Committee
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of meetings per month; more time may needed in the lead-up to the conference.

The Digital Committee will focus on:

  • Developing and maintaining content for the conference website and registration system
  • Developing and maintaining content for marketing and social media
  • Ensuring documents are downloaded and stored appropriately for historical archiving

Program Committee:

The Program Committee will be responsible for crafting the content for the peer-reviewed portion of the program, including presentation modalities, by soliciting proposal submissions through a call for proposals and facilitating the peer review process including soliciting and selecting volunteers, and reviewing, and selecting proposals for the conference. The program committee is also responsible for the coordination of conference content publication.

Committee Members:

  • Committee Co-Chairs (2)
    • Senior Co-Chair – Maya Israel (University of Florida)
    • Junior Co-Chair – Carla Strickland (University of Chicago)
  • Track Chairs (8 or 2 per track)
    • Research Papers
    • Experience Reports
    • Perspectives on Equity
    • Perspectives on Policy

Time Commitment:

  • 1-hour monthly meeting with the Program Committee
  • 2-3 hours of work outside of meetings per month; more time may needed in the lead-up to deadlines and events specifically during reviewer assignments, initial decisions, and final decisions

The Program Committee will include four tracks, with chairs leading each track:

Research Papers:

Research papers are completed works that describe empirical studies of broadening participation research and are expected to be original work. Broadening participation research is inherently interdisciplinary; as such related literature and theory may be drawn from computer science education, education, learning sciences, cognitive or social psychology, social sciences, and other related disciplines.

Experience Reports:

Experience reports are completed works or works in progress that describe an educational or outreach approach, curricula, program, or initiative that focused on and impacted at least one underrepresented population in computing. Experience reports differ from research in that they usually lack a theoretical framework, research design methodology, and/or analysis to support the evaluation of the impact of the experiences reported.  All submissions in this track should provide a rich reflection on what worked, what didn’t, and possible explanations as to why in enough detail to allow others to adopt the approach/curricula/program/initiative.

Perspectives on Equity:

Perspectives on Equity should communicate new ideas, reflections, or provocations within and beyond our current discourse on equity-based computing and computing education. These works should provide a constructive, critical take on equity in computing education research and practice and spark engagement and conversation within the RESPECT community. Perspectives on Equity differ from research papers and experience reports in that they are not expected to report results. However, they must be grounded in theoretical literature and sufficient references to support the perspective presented must be included. Acceptance will be based on the degree to which the reviewers find the perspective to be convincing, well-supported in the literature, and coherent.

Perspectives on Policy (new):

Policy briefs present a concise summary of a timely, relevant issue or an evergreen issue to computing equity. Policy briefs should include (1) background on the particular issue, (2) a concise summary of relevant research, and (3) one or more policy recommendations based on the evidence. Policy briefs differ from the other RESPECT tracks in that they serve as a vehicle for providing evidence-based policy advice to help readers make informed decisions.

Local Arrangements Committee:

The Local Arrangement Committee will work with the conference venue, local vendors, and other committees in the planning of the conference space, including room set-up, receptions, and other local logistics. The Local Arrangements Committee will also develop resources and opportunities for conference attendees to more fully engage with the conference location.

Committee Members:

  • Committee Co-Chairs (2)
  • Committee Members (2-4)

Time Commitment:

  • 1-hour monthly meeting with Local Arrangements Committee
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of meetings per month

The Local Arrangements Committee will focus on providing an engaging experience including:

  • Partnering with the Finance and Sponsorship Committee on hosting inclusive and accessible receptions and serving as hosts during each event.
  • Coordinating audio-visual requirements with the conference venue, General Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Co-Chairs, and Program Co-Chairs to ensure the proper equipment is in place for each session including microphones and projectors.
  • Collaborating with Registration and Program Committees to coordinate room assignments for plenary and concurrent sessions, poster sessions, as well as meals.
  • Setting the vision for how conference attendees can engage with local BIPOC communities and develop relationships with groups and individuals.
  • Obtaining information and/or developing various guides for conference attendees with regard to local shopping, entertainment, and restaurants.

Registration Committee:

The Registration Committee will be responsible for planning and running conference registration (both advance and on-site) procedures and logistics, including handling of credit card fees, cancellation policy, and creation of name badges.

Committee Members:

  • Committee Chair (1)
  • Committee Members (6-8)

Time Commitment:

  • 1-hour monthly meeting with Registration Committee
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of meetings per month; more time may be needed in the lead-up to the conference beginning in April

The Registration Committee will be responsible for:

  • Creating a Whova contract and utilizing it for keeping registrant count and other information.
  • Determining and implementing registration discount codes
  • Preparing for and staff on-site registration/conference check-in, including providing any necessary supplies.
  • Maintaining correspondence with registrants and answering any registration questions.
  • Partnering with the General Chair to coordinate honorariums and accommodations for plenary speakers

Finance and Sponsorship Committee:

The Finance and Sponsorship Committee is responsible for working with the General Chair to set the event budget and allocate areas of the budget to facilitate the resources needed by the other committee chairs. The Finance Committee is also responsible for making all payments, tracking income and expenses, and securing and tracking conference sponsors.

  • Committee Co-Chairs (2)
    • Finance Chair
    • Sponsorship Chair
  • Committee Members (2-4)

Time Commitment:

  • 1-hour monthly meeting with Finance and Sponsorship Committee
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of meetings per month; more time may be needed in the lead-up to the conference beginning in April

The Finance Committee will be responsible for:

  • Preparing a budget and tracking expenses and revenue as planning progresses.
  • Coordinating with the Registration Committee regarding registration payment procedures prior to, during, and after the conference.
  • Obtaining sponsors’ financial commitments to support activities of the conference.
  • Developing recognition mechanisms for sponsors, vendors, and other conference contributors.
  • Partnering with the Local Arrangements Committee to make arrangements for sponsors’ displays including determining space availability.
  • Preparing and sharing budget updates with the SIGCSE liaison and RESPECT steering committee.
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