Encourage students to identify their unique skills and perspectives explicitly, especially when working on projects, to build confidence in their ability to make meaningful contributions.

  • Help students recognize and build confidence in the unique perspective each of them brings to their work.
  • It’s important for students to have confidence in their self worth, background, and abilities.
    • Often, students don’t feel they have the right set of skills and perspectives to make meaningful contributions.
      • This is especially true in certain CS where some students believe they need to have a certain background to succeed.
  • When students propose personal projects, ask them how they’re uniquely qualified to do the work they're proposing for their project.
    • Encourage them to recognize the explicit ways their unique backgrounds add value to the work they do.

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