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.

How To Get Involved

Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall: The Fall 2018 Town Hall will be scheduled soon. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the Spring 2018 Town Hall.

2019-2020 Undergraduate Diversity Student Advocates: Applications for the next cohort of Diversity Student Advocates will open in late Fall 2018.

CS Diversity Conferences: Check out this document for a list of diversity related CS conferences in 2018-2019. The CS Department offers scholarships for conference attendance: the 2018 CS scholarship application is now closed. The application for 2019 conferences will reopen in Spring 2019. 

Brown CS Health & Wellness: Do you have tips/advice for how to maintain good health while concentrating in CS? Go to https://goo.gl/s021Mi and add your advice!

If You Need Help

Our Email:
Undergraduate Diversity Advocates: diversity.advocates@lists.cs.brown.edu
Diversity Committee: diversity@lists.cs.brown.edu

Undergraduate Diversity Student Advocates Open Hours: open to all members of the community to confidentially discuss questions or concerns related to diversity and inclusion. The open hours are not for officially reporting incidents, rather their purpose is to provide students with 1:1 peer mentorship and guidance on the student centers and resources available to them on campus. Fall 2019 hours are by appointment. Please email the diversity advocates email referenced above to schedule an appointment.

CS Inclusivity Feedback Form: Whenever 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.

Diversity Events

Thursday April 26, 2018. 12P-1P. CIT 3rd Floor Atrium. Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall.

Thursday April 19, 2018. 5P-6:30P. CIT 368. Field Guide to CS @ Brown. New to the CS Department? Unsure how to navigate research, summer internships, career fairs, class selections, concentrations, job searches? Stop by to meet with upperclass students who will share their experiences and provide helpful advice for you to make the most of your CS experience.

Thursday April 12, 2018. 5P-6:30P. CIT 368. First-Generation & Low-Income Student Roundtable. During the event, we will be discussing issues first gen and low income students face in CS, as well as how the department can better support these groups. We will be taking into consideration feedback on the department we receive during this discussion (but this feedback can also be kept confidential if you would like). Food and drinks will be provided!

Friday March 2, 2018. 5P-7P. CIT 3rd Floor Atrium. Brown CS Student Advocates Mixer. Want to meet the advocates? Want to know more about their role in the department? The diversity & inclusion, and health & wellness student advocates will be providing refreshments and a chance to meet with the community. Stop by for a chat over drinks and cookies.

Friday February 23, 2018. 6P-7:30P. BERT 130. Brown CS Health & Wellness Town Hall. The CS Department is holding its second annual Health and Wellness Town Hall this Friday from 6:00 to 7:30PM in BERT 130. In the first half of the town hall, we'll have panelists speak about their experiences with physical and mental health in the CS department. In the second half, we will open the floor for an open discussion about health in CS, with the aim of turning our experiences into concrete game plans and policies to make the CS department an even healthier place.

For a full list of Brown CS Diversity Committee, Mosaic+, & WiCS events, visit the CS Diversity Calendar

Diversity News

Lack Of Diverse Speakers At RSA 2018 Provokes The Creation Of A New Conference

Mar 9, 2018 — When the world's largest gathering of security experts, RSA Conference, announced this year's speaker list last week, many attendees were stunned and disappointed to find that only one woman was included. That disappointment was quickly channeled into action, and within a few days, a group of computer scientists had put together OUR Security Advocates (OURSA), a competing conference with a diverse set of speakers, including Professor Seny Kamara ...

igniteCS @ Brown

Feb 5, 2018 — Technology is one of the fastest-growing fields today, solving problems in every industry while impacting our everyday lives. Despite this, computer science is not yet adequately taught in most K-12 schools, particularly not in underserved school districts such as Providence and Central Falls in Rhode Island ...

Artemis Project Alum Nirva LaFortune Advocates For Her Community On The Providence City Council

Jan 16, 2018 — More than two decades ago, two undergraduate women at Brown CS, Laurie Kardos and Jesse Marmon, founded The Artemis Project, a free, five-week summer program for rising ninth-grade girls. Their goal was to enhance the self-confidence and visibility of women in the CS community ...

Meta-TA Zach Kirschenbaum Helps Represent Brown CS At The Out For Undergraduate Tech Conference

Nov 7, 2017 — Zach Kirschenbaum (he/him), a junior CS concentrator at Brown University, doesn't even remember how he found out about the Out for Undergrad (O4U) Tech conference, which is designed to help high-achieving LGBTQ undergrads ...

Brown CS Returns To The Grace Hopper Celebration

Oct 5ß, 2017 — A delegation from Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has had a busy week at the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), an annual event that's become the world's largest gathering of women technologists ...

Brown CS Undergrad Lena Renshaw: Fighting the tech gender gap at Brown

Oct 1, 2017 — Last week, the New York Times published a piece entitled “Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far.” The men in the article argue ...

Startup@Brown Returns On September 30, 2017

Sept 18, 2017 — Startup@Brown relies on a simple premise: connect students and startups. It’s a single idea, but the intention is threefold...

Amy Greenwald Gives A Keynote Address At Microsoft's Faculty Summit 2017

Aug 30, 2017 — "Humans make hundreds of routine decisions daily," explains Professor Amy Greenwald of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS). "More often than not, the impact of our decisions ...

Bootstrap Teaches Rigorous Data Science In An Introductory Computing Module For K-12 Students

Aug 8, 2017 — From a deluge of job openings to new university programs, Data Science has become a hot topic. But if it’s so important, why wait until a student enters university to introduce it? ...

Ellie Pavlick Joins Brown CS As Assistant Professor

June 20, 2017 — Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has just added another new faculty member: Ellie Pavlick is joining us as Assistant Professor in the summer of 2018 ...

Bootstrap Brings The Next Generation The Data Science They'll Need

March 29, 2017 — "Nationwide, the concept of 'CS for all' has become ubiquitous," says Brown CS Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi, co-director of Bootstrap. "But not all students will become computer scientists. We know already that opportunities to use data will be part of their lives ahead...

Brown CS Alum Aimee Lucido Speaks Out About Industry Sexism

Feb 23, 2017 — In the wake of a former Uber engineer's allegations of sexual harassment and rampant sexism at the company, Brown CS alum Aimee Lucido, also an ...

Laura Dobler Has Been Named An Office Of Institutional Diversity And Inclusion Administrative Fellow

Feb 7, 2017 — A staff member in Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has just received an honor that will provide her with additional skills and ...

Alum Sarah Sachs Tackles Impostor Syndrome With A Little Help From Michelle Obama

Jan 27, 2017 — Impostor syndrome, a term coined by Clance and Imes in 1978, can be described as a lack of belief in one's accomplishments and an ongoing ...

Stefanie Tellex And Baxter Provide Local Kids With A Glimpse Of The Future Of Robotics

Jan 4, 2017 — Assistant Professor Stefanie Tellex of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) was in good company as Wheeler School's 2016 N-12 Fox Family ...

Amy Greenwald And 35 Brown CS Students Bring An Hour Of Code To 350 K-12 Kids

Dec 19, 2016 — Compared to multi-decade efforts like the Artemis Project, Hour of Code (now in its fourth year at Brown CS) is a fairly new outreach effort, but ...

After Student Input, Brown CS Experiments With Further Opening The CIT

Dec 16, 2016 — Brown CS is listening to all members of our community, and as scientists, we're willing to experiment with changes to even longstanding policy. On December ...

RI Robot Block Party Returns On April 30

Dec 9, 2016 — The robots return! Rhode Island Robot Block Party will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Pizzitola ...

Brown CS Student Tiffany Chen Is Named A Changemaker Fellow

Nov 11, 2016 — Tiffany Chen, a Brown CS undergraduate student, has just been named a Changemaker Fellow by Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) in Providence, RI. She was honored at ...

Stefanie Tellex Has Been Named One Of Robohub's "25 Women In Robotics You Need To Know About",

October 21, 2016 - Oct 21, 2016 — On October 11, in a fitting celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, Robohub (a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business ...

Mosaic+ And Brown CS Launch A New Program To Help URM Students Transition To Studying CS,

September 30, 2016 - According to Jonathan Powell, who has just finished leading the new Mosaic+ Transition Program, which helps underrepresented minority (URM) students prepare for studying computer science at ...