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.

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Mosaic+ Pre-Orientation Program TA & Residence Facilitator: Accepting Applications until April 21st!!
Visit the student employment site for more information and how to apply.

Click here for video recording of our latest Diversity Lecture Series: Lisa Gelobter Using Tech as Force of Good.

How To Get Involved

Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall: Spring 2017 Town Hall was scheduled for Tuesday February 28 from 4P-5P in the 3rd Floor Atrium. A 2016 Climate Survey Results Town Hall will be held in late April 2017.

Diversity Committee Meeting Open Hours:  Diversity Committee Meetings each semester include 30-minute Open Hours sessions welcoming all members of the community to join and voice their concerns, questions, ideas and/or suggestions. Spring 2017 Open Hours will be: 5:00PM - 5:30PM Tuesdays Februrary 14, March 14, April 11, and May 1.

2017-2018 Undergraduate Diversity Student Advocates: Applications for the next cohort of Diversity Student Advocates are closed. Please welcome our newest members: Chantal Toupin, Chelse Steele and Chinenye Uduji. 

CS Diversity Conferences: Check out this document for a list of diversity related CS conferences in 2017. Scholarships for conference attendance are available through the conference organizations' website. Tapia scholarships close February 28. Grace Hopper scholarships close March 8. The CS Department also offers scholarships for conference attendance; the scholarship application will openly shortly. 

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

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. Spring 2017 hours are as follows:

Wednesdays 12P-1P. CIT 203. Alex Karim, Chelse Steele & Chinenye Uduji
Thursdays 1P-2P. CIT 203. Chantal Toupin
Fridays 12P-1P. CIT 460. Laura Dobler (Staff)

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

International and Immigrant Roundtable
Tuesday April 4, 5:00PM-6:00PM
CIT 368

Queer, Trans & Questioning in CS Mixer & Discussion
March 23 4:00PM-5:30PM
CIT 316 Wics & Mosaic+ Presents

TA Interview Preparation Workshop
March 17, 3:30PM-5:00PM
CIT 3rd Floor Atrium

WiCS General Body Meeting
March 15, 2:00PM-3:00PM
CIT 3rd Floor Atrium

CS + Social Good Mixer
March 15, 7:00PM-8:00PM
CIT 368

Low Income Roundtable
Thursday March 9, 4:30P-6:00PM
CIT 368

Using Technology as a Force of Good
Friday March 3, 4:00PM-5:00PM Reception to Follow
CIT 368 & 3rd Floor Atrium
Lisa Gelobter, Chief Digital Officer U.S. Department of Education. 
Tech is a facet in every part of life today and that you can follow your passion and bring your CS skills to bear anywhere, whether it's in media and entertainment or in the civic space, saving lives. I'll showcase the United States Digital Service -- a startup at The White House, using design and technology to deliver better services to the American people.

Robots - Improving our Future Or Leading us to Doom?
Wednesday March 1, 5:30PM -  
IBES Room 130, 85 Waterman Street
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology 
Robots, no doubt, will change our lives — they will provide new ways to support a better society. This talk provides an early peek at how robots can change the texture of our day-to-day experiences and how we, as a human race, can best integrate them to enable a healthier, less stressful equality of life, now and in the future.

Seeing Myself In Science
Tuesday February 14, 5:00PM-7:00PM
85 Waterman Street. Room 130
Dr. James West, John Hopkins University, Engineer, Member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
Title: "Electret and Piezoelectric Polymer Transducers"

Wednesday February 15, 5:00PM-7:00PM
The Science Center, 3rd Floor Sciences Library, Room 315
Panel Discussion: "How to grow a scientist?"
Panelists: Dr. James West, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Benjamin Askew, SciFluor Life Sciences LL;  Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing, Georgia Institute of Technology;  Dr. William A. Massey, Princeton University; Dr. William L. Wilson, Harvard University

Hack@Brown & Diversity Committee Alum Panel
Friday February 3, 4:00PM-5:00PM
CIT Lubrano 
Life After Brown: How to Determine if the Job is the Right Fit for You and What to Expect Once You've Graduated. Please join us for a conversation with several of our Hack@Brown CS Alums who will answer questions and share their perspectives on the internships and career process. You can submit questions to: http://tinyurl.com/csalumpanel Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Entrepreneurship at the Intersection of Diversity and Inequality
Monday, December 5 8:30AM-5:00PM
Brown RISD Hillel - 80 Brown Street
The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship invites you to a 1-day conference on "Entrepreneurship at the Intersection of Diversity and Inequality". The conference, held at Hillel, will highlight the interdisciplinary character for the center and engage the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, gender, class, immigrant status and the simultaneity of agency and inequity of power and privilege in entrepreneurial endeavors. Registration required. 

Seeing Myself in Science
Monday, November 21 4:00PM-5:00PM
Science Center, Sciences Library 3rd Floor
Dr. Jelani Nelson Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University

How Race Matters in College Academic Performance
Thursday, November 17 4:30PM-6:00PM
Salomon 001 
Douglas Massey Professor of Sociology at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

Diversity Committee Town Hall and Student Advocate Info Session
Wednesday, November 16 5:00PM-6:00PM
CIT 3rd Floor Atrium
Join us as the D & I Student Advocates share updates on the committee’s progress, their experiences on the committee and answer your questions about the position. 2017-2018 Student Advocate Applications Are Open! Open Q & A @ 5:30PM.

Movie Night - "The Computers"
Tuesday, November 15 6:00PM-8:00PM 
Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 
GWiSE and GWiCS Movie Night, Join us as we screen the award-winning documentary "The Computers" which details the work and story of six women programmers behind the world's first all-electronic programmable computer.

Diversity News

Laura Dobler Has Been Named An Office Of Institutional Diversity And Inclusion Administrative Fellow. February 7, 2017.

Brown hackathon aims to make coding more inclusive. February 3, 2017

Mosaic+ Supports Minority CS Concentrators January 31, 2017

Alum Sarah Sachs Tackles Imposter Syndrome With A Little Help From Michelle Obama. January 27, 2017

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America: Current Exhibit. Devin Allen, "Rising/Uprising in Baltimore: A Beautiful Ghetto" On view at CSREA, 96 Waterman Street through May 2017 Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM 

Stefanie Tellex And Baxter Provide Local Kids With A Glimpse Of The Future Of Robotics January 4, 2017

Amy Greenwald And 35 Brown CS Students Bring An Hour Of Code To 350 K-12 Kids December 19, 2016

After Student Input, Brown CS Experiments With Further Opening The CIT December 16, 2016

RI Robot Block Party Returns On April 30 December 9, 2016

Brown CS Student Tiffany Chen Is Named A Changemaker Fellow November 11, 2016

Brown Launches A New Data Science Initiative. October 26, 2016

Stefanie Tellex Has Been Named One Of Robohub's "25 Women In Robotics You Need To Know About", October 21, 2016

Mosaic+ And Brown CS Launch A New Program To Help URM Students Transition To Studying CS, September 30, 2016

Seny Kamara Has Been Chosen As A Boston Global Forum Dukakis Fellow, September 23, 2016

Brown CS Students, Faculty, And Staff Attend The 2016 Tapia Conference, September 21, 2016

Introducing Mosaic+, July 6, 2016

Ainsworth, Hamburger, Lo, Rosenthal, And Sachs Win Brown CS Senior Prizes, April 26, 2016

BDH Praises Bootstrap's Contribution To Improving CS's Accessibility And Diversity, February 19, 2016

"Inclusiveness And Learning, Rather Than Competition And Prestige": Three Years In, Hack@Brown Is Bigger And More Diverse Than Ever, February 9, 2016