Diversity and Inclusion

As a department, we have made it our mission to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

The 2018-2019 Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan Update Report is now available to the public. The 2019-2020 report will be published mid-fall. 

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How To Get Involved


2020-2021 Student Advocates for Diversity & Inclusion, and Health & Wellness: Applications for the 2020-2021 Student Advocates are now closed. 2021-2022 applications will open in February 2021.

CS Diversity & Inclusion Open Floor: The Fall 2020 CS Open Floor will be held virutally in November. Check back for more details.

Brown CS Health & Wellness: Do you have feedback for how the department can help support accessibility and mental health? Please complete this anonymous department accessibility survey. CS Diversity Conferences: Check out this document for a list of diversity related CS conferences in 2020-2021. The CS Department offers scholarships for conference attendance; the 2021 CS scholarship application will open in Spring 2021.

CS Inclusivity Feedback FormWhenever you notice a particular moment or experience in the CIT or the CS Community you view as making the environment more inclusive or exclusive, please complete this form. You have the option of submitting the form anonymously.

If You Need Help

Our Email:
Diversity & Inclusion Student Advocates: diversity.advocates@lists.cs.brown.edu 
Health & Wellness Student Advocateswellness.advocates@lists.cs.brown.edu
Diversity Committee: diversity@lists.cs.brown.edu

Undergraduate Diversity Student Advocates Open Hours: instead of weekly scheduled office hours, students that would like to confidentially discuss questions or concerns related to diversity and inclusion should email diversity.advocates@lists.cs.brown.edu or complete the form below.

Undergraduate Health & Wellness Student Advocate Office Hours: Fall 2020, virtual hours are available throughout the week on Signmeup. Link to Google Calendar hours schedule. 

Open/Office Hours provide students with 1:1 peer mentorship, problem-solving, advocacy, and guidance on student resources and centers available to them on campus.


Diversity Events

Thursday February 13, 2020. 4P-5:30P 85 Waterman Street, Room 130. Challenging Silicon Valley’s Infinite Loop of Irresponsibility: Natasha Singer, NYT & Brown Alum. The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm, Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later. We’re increasingly seeing the consequences of that move-fast ethos: election interference, mass disinformation and the incitement of ethnic hatred. In this talk, Natasha will discuss the techniques journalists use to examine the consequences of emerging technologies on society – reporting that often prompts reactive changes at tech companies. She’ll also talk about a new movement – “responsible computing” – that aims to embed the analysis of societal consequences in computer science.

Thursday October 24, 2019. 4P-5:30P CIT 368. Joy Rankin: Creating Computing Citizens. What does it mean to write American history from the user up? This talk focuses on the users of 1960s and 1970s academic computing networks to develop a history of the digital age that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and community. I’ll use several case studies to illustrate the dynamic - and unexpected - relationships among gender, community, computing, and citizenship.

Monday October 7, 2019. 3P-4:30P UFli Center , 5th Floor Sciences Library. UFli STEM Mixer.

Tuesday May 7, 2019. 4P-5P CIT 3rd Floor Atrium. CS Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall.

Friday April 19, 2019. Panel: 4P-6:30P CIT 477. Out in CS Panel. Join us for a panel aimed at celebrating intersectional identities with a focus on providing a space for conversations about what it’s like to identify as LGBTQ+ while working in Computer Science. Panelists from various tech industries will share their experiences and challenges navigating their workplace communities. 

For a full list of Women in Computer Science (WiCS) events visit the WiCS Calendar.
For a full list of Mosaic+ events visit the Mosaic+ Calendar.
For a list of Brown Computer Science Department events visit the CS Events Calendar

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