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

The 2017-2018 Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan Update Report is now available.

How To Get Involved

Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall: The Fall 2018 Town Hall is scheduled for Thursday November 29 from 4P-5P in CIT 3rd Floor Atrium. All Are Welcome! We Want To Hear From You! 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 is now open. Click here to complete your application.

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: instead of weekly scheduled office hours, community members that would like to confidentially discuss questions or concerns related to diversity and inclusion should email diversity.advocates@lists.cs.brown.edu . 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.

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

Tuesday October 23, 2018. 9:30P-11:30P. CIT 265. Mosaic+: UTA Interview Prep Workshop. The interactive workshop with help prospective TAs practice their interview skills ahead of the TA hiring period. Facilitators will emphasize the importance of knowing the technical topic well and answering any questions on it; how to be an effective and empathetic teacher (building on what the student knows, helping them get to an understanding with leading questions rather than lecturing, being patient/kind/enthusiastic); prompting you to think about why you would make a good TA and what you would change about the course

Wednesday October 24, 2018. 3P-4P. CIT 368. Summer Panel Info Session. What were CS students up to this past summer? A panel of undergraduate students will share their diverse summer internship, community service, research and work experience this summer, and answer questions you may have about how to secure summer work.

Monday October 29, 2018. 5P-6:30P. CIT 101. Field Guide to CS@Brown. Are you a first-year or a sophomore, new to CS? Or an upperclass student that's been here for a while? All are welcome! The Diversity & Inclusion, and Health & Wellness Advocates are hosting a panel of upperclass students to share tips and advice for navigating Computer Science at Brown. The panelists will share more about their experiences and answer questions about being a student in the department. If you have questions or tips about being a TA, Researcher, or picking classes, come by and hang out with us! Food and drinks will be provided!

LGBTQ in CS Roundtable. TBD. In association with IvyQ November, 2018.

End of Semester CS Game Night. TBD.

Thursday November 29, 2018. 4P-5P. CIT 3rd Floor Atrium. CS Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall. TBD, early November.

For a full list of Women in Computer Science 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

Diversity News

Chelse-Amoy Steele Wins An Alfred H. Joslin Award

June 6, 2018 — Brown University's Alfred H. Joslin Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown, enhancing the learning environment for all students by providing their peers with services, programs, and other opportunities for involvement. This year, one of the winners was Brown CS student Chelse-Amoy Steele ...

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

March 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

February 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

January 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 ...