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Panel Speaker

Nicki Washington, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Duke University


Dr. Washington is addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in tech by measuring and improving cultural competence of students in undergraduate Computer Science departments. Dr. Washington graduated from NC State University as the first Black woman to earn a PhD in CS.  Her professional experience includes Howard University (as the first Black female faculty in CS), Winthrop University, The Aerospace Corporation, and IBM. Dr. Washington is author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field and 2019 Computer Science Hall of Fame Inductee. Recognized as one of Essence Magazine’s Tech Stars, Dr. Washington led partnerships with Howard, Google and Exploring Computer Science to improve CS instruction in Washington, DC high schools. She was lead writer for the K-12 CS Framework and implemented the first Googler-in-Residence program at Howard University in 2013 to help recruit and retain students of color in CS.