Initiatives

Diversity Action Plan:

The CS Department's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan submitted to Brown University's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Department on June 2016.

  • Data Collection and Community Input:​ Creating mechanisms for collecting data about department demographics and culture, and establishing metrics that aggregate those data to measure diversity and inclusivity.
  • Education and Training:​ Instituting diversity and inclusion training workshops to increase awareness of and foster sensitivity towards issues facing underrepresented and/or marginalized members of our community.
  • Community Support:​ Enhancing existing academic and social support structures for underrepresented and/or marginalized members of our community.
  • Recruitment, Hiring and Retention:​ Improving representation of faculty, students and course staff to eventually match representation within a baseline population, such as that of the University as a whole.
  • Outreach:​ Bolstering outreach efforts to spark interest in computer science among K­12 students and members of our local Providence community, and increasing opportunities for students to interact with the computer science community at large.
  • Communication and Dissemination:​ Pursuing an improved communication strategy to ensure that the progress we make on achieving the goals set forth in this plan is tracked and disseminated publicly.

We have committed to funding internal diversity initiatives and diversity outreach at a rate of at least 50% of our annual revenue from our Industry Partners Program (IPP). A budget detailing 12 how these funds will be allocated will be approved by the department chair on an annual basis.

Diversity Committee:

  • See DIAP Update Reports

Low-Income Round Table

Low Income Roundtable Notes (84.7 KB)

We are currently working on increasing TA diversity, by not only holding trainings for regular TA's, but also HTA's. We hope that by making HTA's more aware of the issues students have with classes (due to underrepresentation) will lead to a HTA making a better and more informed decision that will benefit all students. We are also working on finding ways for the CS department to provide funding for low income students when they are travelling and interviewing with companies. The issue is that lower income students do not have the means or funds to miss school and travel for job interviews (due to costs that arise such as hotel, traveling from hotel to company location, food, and emergency necessities). We hope to come up with something that benefits our low income students, while at the same time respecting our departments resources.