QEM TCUP EAGER project: CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT & RECRUITMENT OF AMERICAN INDIAN MALES INTO COMPUTER SCIENCE THROUGH COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS
NATIVE LANGUAGES & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM:
Using Technology to Support the Documentation and Preservation of Native Languages
The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the effects of collaborative technology-enabled, hands-on language research projects on the recruitment into, and retention of, American Indian males in Computer Science or Information Technology (CS/IT) courses and majors. The goal of this TCUP EAGER project is to increase the number of declared computer science majors among American Indian males at the participating institutions while enhancing advancing knowledge of computational linguistics. The project addresses the underrepresentation of American Indian males in STEM courses and careers. The project develops a cohort of students who will likely continue in the CS/IT pipeline to help meet the national need for a competitive STEM workforce. Read more
"For a nation of people, with their language threading throughout the various components of their society, what exudes from that nation is its overall culture—its way of doing things, its way of seeing the world (worldview), its way of believing, its values. As a result, when the nation experiences a ‘shift’ in its language by the interjection of another language, the original culture is correspondingly interrupted and skewed towards a new way of doing things, seeing things, and believing"
- Bonnie Jane Maracle