Computer Science & Software Engineering Seminar Series

Strategies and Interventions to Promote Inclusive and Equitable Student Teams


Dr Rita Garcia


Software Engineer at Unity and Adjunct Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington

Time & Place

Tue, 20 Jun 2023 11:00:00 NZST in JE121 - Jack Erskine Building


Collaboration is essential during software development, but related work has found gender differences can influence the collaboration process, creating inequality in the teams' dynamics. This talk presents findings from a study on gender differences emerging from team collaboration, focusing on student teams' online communications during collaborative software development. From these findings, we will discuss strategies, interventions, and workshops for students and educators designed to promote inclusive and equitable group work. During the presentation, discussion with the audience is encouraged to consider how the covered topics can help administer and monitor group work in the classroom.

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Dr Rita Garcia has over 15 years of experience in the Visual Effects (VFX) industry, working as a Software Engineer at Pixar, Wētā Digital, and Marvel Studios. She is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Unity and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. She continues her research in Computer Science Education, supporting diversity in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Her industry experience motivated her research to study students' collaboration processes during group work. This work aims to help reduce language during group work that might exclude women and underrepresented minorities from pursuing careers in the Tech field.