Carlis Memorial Lecture: A Model for Building Diversity, Equity and Community in Computing

Free · Open to the Public


Online - Zoom Link

The John V. Carlis Memorial Lecture is dedicated to the advancement of education and inclusion in the field of computing.

This year's speaker is Juan Gilbert from University of Florida, giving a talk titled "A Model for Building Diversity, Equity and Community in Computing".


The Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Department at the University of Florida is one of, if not the most, diverse computer science departments in the nation. CISE has the nation's largest group of African-American faculty and PhD students. CISE is also in the top with respect to women tenure-track faculty. In this John V. Carlis Memorial Lecture, Dr. Juan Gilbert will discuss how this unprecedented diversity was accomplished and how it can be replicated. He will also share data on the state of African-Americans in computing.


Juan E. Gilbert received his MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He also received his BS in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Ohio in 1991. Dr. Gilbert is currently the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. He has research projects in election security/usability/accessibility, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Human-Centered AI/machine learning and Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing). He is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2012, Dr. Gilbert received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. He also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Mentor Award. He received the 2021 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. Dr. Gilbert received the 2018 Computer Research Association's A. Nico Habermann Award. Dr. Gilbert has served on 3 National Academies consensus committees, "The Role of Authentic STEM Learning Experiences in Developing Interest and Competencies for Technology and Computing", "The Science of Effective Mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM)" and "The Future of Voting: Accessible, Reliable, Verifiable Technology"



Start date
Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, 11:15 a.m.
End date
Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, 12:15 p.m.