We’ve reached the second week of the Spring quarter, which is when people who aren’t serious about sticking with a class start to drop since the end of this week is the deadline to get your tuition back. One of the classes that I’m teaching is a transitional course between the introductory Python sequence and the Java data structures classes, and it has both in-person and online sections. Due to scheduling constraints the in-person section is smaller (less than 10 students), and today when I went to print my roster so I could take attendance I noticed that the only woman on the roster had dropped. So the in-person section is now a class where I am the only woman. I’m sorry to say it’s not the first time this has happened. But after being spoiled by my linked-courses learning community which targeted underrepresented groups, it’s making me more sad than previous incarnations.

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