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 Broadening Participation in Computing BPC 2022-2024 Department Plan has been verified by BPCnet.org.

The CS Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Phase II Draft is now available!

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Diversity Committee Monthly Meeting Summaries

The CS Diversity Committee consists of faculty and staff, Ph.D., Master’s, and undergraduate student representatives. Senior leaders in Brown CS are among the standing members. Students typically serve 1-2 years. The committee meets monthly during the academic year (i.e., September–December, and February–May) and is responsible for managing, reviewing, prioritizing, and assessing DEI goals, programs, and initiatives. The committee presents a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share their perspectives and challenges in the community, set goals, actions, and outcomes, and collaborate on policy changes and best practices.

Begining Fall 2022, the CS Diversity Committee Meeting Summaries are available for all Brown University community members to review. To view all meeting minutes, please click here.

Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Summary

Special Note for 2022: The Brown CS Diversity & Inclusion Committee DIAP Phase II Draft has now been released to the Brown CS community (only) for feedback before it is submitted to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diveristy (OIED) for review.

Adapted from OIED's Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Rubric guideline, the Brown CS Diversity & Inclusion Committee goals are:

  • People: Increase representation, retention, and success among students, faculty, and staff that identify as underrepresented in CS, including but not limited to people who identify as women, U-FLi, living with a disability, LGBTQ+, and from HUGs.
  • Academic Excellence: Build capacity for research and scholarship on the interplay of technology with equity, social justice, social impact, accessibility, or power and privilege. In the process, center marginalized peoples' and communities' voices and experiences, and leverage Brown’s interdisciplinary academic culture. 
  • Curriculum: Increase curricular opportunities to engage issues of social impact and responsibility, ethics, fairness, DEI, and accessibility in technology through (a) providing courses focused on social impact and (b) connecting course technical material to its social context. Adapt course content, structure, and policy for accessibility.
  • Community: Improve inclusion, safety, feelings of belonging, and support networks for all department members, with special attention to groups underrepresented in CS. Strengthen sustainable partnerships with public schools to enhance K-12 CS education outreach programs in underserved communities locally and nationally.
  • Knowledge: Increase students’ and faculty’s knowledge and adoption of practices for building inclusive learning environments. Provide more DEI professional development leadership opportunities for staff, faculty, and students.
  • Accountability: Improve and refine the department’s demographic and climate data collection and reporting processes to assess progress toward DIAP goals. Develop strategic communications to inform our community of DIAP progress.