Thursday, August 11

4:00-5:00 Evaluation Assistant Orientation Salon C Audrey Rorrer
5:30-7:00 STARS Celebration Welcome and Call to Action  Overlook Ballroom

Jamie Payton, Tiffany Barnes

Panel: Holding Ourselves Accountable: Striving for Social Justice and CS For All

Panelists:  Juan Gilbert, Tom McKlin, Tiffany Barnes

Moderator: Nathan Thomas

Dinner for STARS and RESPECT

Student Leadership Development Salon D  
Academic Liaison Town Hall Salon AB  


Friday, August 12

7:45-8:45 Breakfast Overlook Ballroom  
7:45-8:45 Faculty Focus Groups (Invitation Only) Salon C  
8:45-9:00 Welcome to STARS Celebration and RESPECT  Overlook Ballroom Jamie Payton, Tiffany Barnes
9:00-10:00 Keynote  Overlook Ballroom Dr. Clara Cahill, Designing for Differentiation: Lessons learned from The Science Behind Pixar
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Session A    
  Professional : Navigating Implicit Bias Salon E Jamika Burge
Professional : STARS on Rails: Leading RailsGirls and RailsBridge Workshops Salon A Britni Alexander
Outreach : Mothering Across Continents: The Development of Pivot Academy as International Outreach in Developing Nations Salon B Patricia Schafer, Veronica Catete, Deb Semmler
Outreach : An Open Discussion on the future of STARS Salon C Jamie Payton
STARS Tips : Talent Pipeline: Partnering with Companies Salon F Ebe Randeree, Hanna Brock

RESPECT 1 : Research: Learning Differences, Women

10:30-11:00 – Computer Science Principles (CSP) and Students With Learning Differences: Expanding Opportunities for a Hidden Underrepresented Group

11:00-11:30 – Multiple Factors Converge to Influence Women’s Persistence in Computing: A Qualitative Analysis of Persisters and Nonpersisters

Ellington Salon D



Sarah Wille, Jeanne Century and Miriam Pike


Wendy Dubow, Alexis Kaminsky, Joanna Weidler-Lewis


App-a-Thon Overlook : App-a-Thon Launch and Training Session: Creating a VR App for Social Good   Evie Powell
11:30-12:30 Session B    
  Professional : At the Intersection of Capability and Opportunity Lies the Road to Success Salon E Lonnie Emard
Professional : Invention: A Systematic Approach to Simple and Elegant Solutions Salon A Robert Dell
Outreach : Mothering Across Continents: Pivot Academy: Using Tablet-Based Content and Coaching to Sustain STEM and ICT Training in Rwanda Salon B Patricia Schafer, Deb Semmler, Veronica Catete
Outreach : The Art of the Demo: How to Create Engaging 15 Minute Outreach Activities Salon C

Nannette Napier, Kristine Nagel, Xin Xu

STARS Tips : STARS Student Engagement Models Salon F Ebe Randeree, Hannah Brock, Lydia Clark

RESPECT 2 : Research: Participation, Faculty Success

11:30-12:00 – Levels of Student Participation and Stages of Relevant Curriculum

12:00-12:30 – Promoting Computing Faculty Success Through Interinstitutional Learning Communities

Ellington Salon D



Helen Hu, Patricia Campbell

Jamie Payton, Tiffany Barnes, Audrey Rorrer, Huifang Zuo, Brianna Naolu

App-a-Thon : App-a-Thon Jam Session Ardmore Classroom  
12:30-2:00 Lunch Overlook Ballroom  
Keynote: Dr. Damon Williams, Towards A Model of Inclusive Excellence: Preparing the Centennial Generation For Leadership in the New Economy.
2:00-3:00 Session C    
  Professional : Strategies for Classroom Management Salon E Gina Bullock
Professional : Graduate School Ins and Outs Salon A Cheryl Seals, Albanie Bolton
Outreach : 3D Printing: Design and Print Your Future Salon B Alex Milliken
Outreach : Bug Catcher: A Software Testing System for Engaging Students Salon C Quentin Mayo
STARS Tips : R&R for STARS: Recruiting and Retention

Salon F Gloria Townsend

RESPECT 3 : Research: Games & Samplers

2:00-2:30 – Understanding the Impact of QPOC Representation in Video Games



2:30-3:00 – Does a Taste of Computing Increase Computer Science Enrollment?


Ellington Salon D





Roger Smith, Adrienne Decker


Steven McGee, Randi McGee-Tekula, Jennifer Duck, Taylor White, Ronald Greenberg, Lucia Dettori, Dale Reed, Brenda Wilkerson, Don Yanek, Andrew Rasmussen and Gail Chapman

App-a-Thon : App-a-Thon Jam Session Ardmore Classroom  
3:00-4:00 Session D    
  Professional :CS Principles and CS10k Salon E Tiffany Barnes
STARS Lightning Talks: Research and Outreach (Moderator: Gloria Townsend) Salon A Cheryl Seals, Albanie Bolton
Outreach : STARS in Puerto Rico Salon B Hallie Lavery, Alissa Ovalle
Outreach : Teaching Fundamental Coding Skills Through the Sphero Racing League Salon C Kinnis Gosha
STARS Tips : Starting and Maintaining a Peer Mentoring Program Salon F Earl Huff Jr.

RESPECT 4 : Experiences: Tech Kids, Boot Camps, STEAM

3:00-3:20 – Tech Kids Unlimited: Teaching Technology to Youth Who Learn Differently

3:20-3:40 – Programming Boot Camp to Retain Women in IT: An Experience Report

3:40-4:00 – STEAM-Based Interventions: Why Student Engagement is Only Part of the Story

Ellington Salon D



Beth Rosenberg

Sonal Dekhane, Nannette Napier, Kris Nagel

Michael Helms, Roxanne Moore, Doug Edwards, Jason Freeman

App-a-Thon : App-a-Thon Jam Session Ardmore Classroom  
4:00-4:30 Break    
4:30-6:00 STARS Poster Competition Ellington Pre-Function  

RESPECT 5: Experiences: Community, Role Play, Hour of Code

4:30 – 4:50 – Lessons Learned: Engaging Students with Disabilities on a National Scale


4:50 – 5:10 – Experience Report: Workshopping Alternate Outcomes to Sexism Through Participatory Classroom Role-play


5:10 – 5:30 – Designing Equitable and Sustainable Pathways into Computing: Lesson Learned from Hosting An Hour of Code Event


RESPECT 6: Lightning Talks

5:30 - The Community College Pathway to Computer Science and other STEM Bachelor’s Degrees

5:35 - Free remote software to better integrate disabled students into mainstream education

5:40 - Broadening Participation in Visualization Promising Practices from Collaborative Data Visualization Applications at the Undergraduate Level – Lightning Talk

5:45 - Helping Educators Leverage Youth Interest in STEM Out-of-school Programs



5:50 - Can embodied interaction and virtual peer customization in a virtual programming environment enhance computational thinking?

Ellington Salon D




Brianna Blaser, Richard Ladner, Sheryl Burgstahler


Celine Latulipe, Sarah Provencal and Tonya Frevert


Ugochi Acholonu, Jessa Dickinson, Dominic Amato, Nichole Pinkard




Shanna Jaggars, John Fink, Jeffrey Fletcher and Afet Dundar


Thomas Hahn, Hidayat Ur Rahman, Richard Segall


Vetria Byrd



Denise Nacu, Taha Hamid, Caitlin Martin, Taihui Li, Daniela Stan Raicu, Jonathan Gemmell and Nichole Pinkard


Dhaval Parmar, Sabarish Babu, Lorraine Lin, Sophie Jörg, Nikeetha D’Souza, Alison Leonard and Shaundra Daily

App-a-Thon : App-a-Thon Jam Session Ardmore  
6:15-9:15 STARS + RESPECT Reception Center for Civil and Human Rights  
6:30-8:00 RESPECT Poster Session Center for Civil and Human Rights  


Saturday, August 13

7:45-9:00 Breakfast and STARS Home Team Meetings Overlook Ballroom  
Student Focus Groups Breakfast (invitation only) Salon A  
STARS Executive Steering Committee Breakfast (invitation only) Salon B  
9:00-10:00 Keynote Overlook Ballroom Dr. Ayanna Howard, Socially Assistive Robotics for Pediatric Therapy
10:00-10:30 Break    
10:30-12:00 Session E    
  Professional : Think Before Connect – A Social Engineer’s Perspective Salon E Sonya Hsu, Sam Ekong, Ryan Dale, Kyle Hebert, Timothy Andries, Buddy Martin, Ny Pham, Tiffany Gilbert, Taylor Whitman, Roy Brittany
Professional : Mobile Mentoring Salon A Nate Thomas
Outreach : School Outreach: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Salon B Ebe Renderee
Outreach : Maze Running with Leap Motion Salon C Jory Alexander
STARS Tips : Turning your Outreach into Research Salon F Tiffany Barnes

RESPECT 7: Short Research Papers

10:30-10:55 – Diversity in K-12 CS Education Across the U.S

10:55-11:20 – Educational Methods for Inverted-lecture Computer Science Classrooms to Overcome Common Barriers to STEM Student Success

11:20-11:45 – Exploring the use of interactive narratives to engage inner-city girls in computational activities

11:45- 12:00 - RESPECT Closing Remarks

Ellington Salon D

Jennifer Wang, Hai Hong, Sepehr Hejazi Moghadam

Kathleen Timmerman, Michael Raymer, John Gallagher, Travis Doom

Caitlin Martin, Nichole Pinkard, Sheena Erete, Jim Sandherr

12:00-2:00 Lunch    
STARS Alumni Panel

Panelists: Britni Alexander (Manheim), Albanie Bolton (NASA), Kinnis Gosha (Morehouse College), Richard Marcus (Solution Foundry); Moderator: Jason Black
Overlook Ballroom  
2:00-3:00 Session G    
  STARS Home Team Goal Setting (assigned rooms) Salon E - Group 1 Rutgers, GMU, NVA, Hampton
Salon A - Group 2 Depauw, IIT, Loyola
Salon B - Group 3 N. Dakota, Oregon State, U. Kansas, UNT, West Texas
Salon E - Group 4 NCSU, NC A&T, UNCG
Salon E - Group 5 UNCC, CPCC, JCSU, SCSU, Winthrop, Livingstone
Salon D - Group 6 Auburn, Morehouse, Georgia Gwinnett, Columbus State, Berea
Salon D - Group 7 FAMU, FIU, FSC, FSU, ULL
3:00-3:30 Break    
3:30-4:30 Session H     
  STARS Home Team Presentations Overlook Ballroom  
4:30-5:00 STARS Celebration Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation Overlook Ballroom  



How to Participate


Call for Participation


Call for Participation


Call for Participation

Present a poster, lightning talk, or a Birds-of-a-Feather discussion group on:

  • Technical Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Corps Practices

Lightning talk and Birds-of-a-Feather Submission Site

Poster Submission Site

Present a workshop, presentation, panel, or Birds-of-a-Feather discussion group on:

  • Pedagogy
  • Research in Progress
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Broadening Participation
  • Practical Help for Faculty
  • Sustaining Stars
  • STARS Standards

Faculty Sessions Submission Site

Present a workshop, presentation, panel, or Birds-of-a-Feather discussion group on:

  • Building Successful Partnerships
  • Higher Ed & K-12
  • Higher Ed & Industry
  • Higher Ed & Community
  • STARS Alumni Pathways for BPC Service and Outreach

Partner Sessions Submission Site


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