Registration is open! Virtual Tapia 2020! September 16-19, 2020

2020 Tapia Conference

Mental Health in Computing Students and Professionals

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 (Central Time) — 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Long hours, pressure to meet deadlines, lacking a sense of belonging, and fear of failure are just some of the stressors that affect Computer Science students and professionals alike, leading to burnout, anxiety, and depression. There is a need for awareness and support around student mental health, including students dealing with stress and anxiety and those with diagnosed mental illnesses. This Birds of a Feather session will start a conversation about mental health within the Tapia community. It will bring together people interested in supporting students and employees with disabilities as well as students and professionals with mental health concerns. Topics discussed will include ways that departments and instructors can support students’ mental health, ways to have productive conversations about mental health, and resources available. Attendees will be encouraged to share about efforts to create and foster a culture of understanding and support within their communities.

Brianna Blaser, Adam Blank, Kendra Walther, Nicholas Lytle, Kayla Brown