Diversity in the Information Technology Program at the University of Belize



Computer Science Education, Social Impacts of Computing, Gender, Stereotypes, Diversity


A diversity of perspectives produces solutions that benefit a broad range of people. In computing, this is crucial since the field is ubiquitous, with applications in a broad spectrum of areas that include science, humanities, and foundational work to develop computing itself. This need for diversity in computing is important for the employees provided to the technology sector by institutions like the University of Belize. This research examines diversity in the University of Belize Bachelor of Information Technology program from 2011 to 2020. An overview of the demographics of the program includes the variables of gender, ethnicity, geography and more. Gender is essential; the results show that males are the majority in program enrollment. Both females and males have similar views that the program can benefit from more diversity, but females do not think it is as diverse as males, and they feel less successful at the University.

Author Biography

David Garcia, University of Belize

David Garcia is an Information Technology lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Information Technology at the University of Belize where he has been a faculty member since 2008. Prior to joining the University of Belize, David worked in the public and private sectors nationally, regionally, and internationally, as a distinguished Information and Communication Technology Professional with expertise in a diverse range of technologies utilized within multiple industry settings.
David completed his graduate studies at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, in the United Kingdom and his undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida in the United States. His research interests lie in the areas of Computer and Network Security, Information and Communication Technology, and Computer Science Education, ranging from theory, to design, to implementation.

David has served and serves on a number of committees including the Faculty of Science and Technology Research Committee and has been the Faculty Sponsor for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter at the University of Belize since the chapter received its charter in 2019.

David's teaching portfolio includes both associate and undergraduate topics such as the fundamentals of computing, systems analysis and design, hardware fundamentals, programming languages, network design, algorithms, and computer and network security.






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