SCS DEI Update

Sep. 30, 2022

What We're Doing

DEI Lecture Series

The SCS DEI Team is excited to announce the first event in our DEI Lecture Series for the 2022-2023 academic year.

"Broadening Participation in Computing by Opening New Pathways to the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D."
Carla Brodley, executive director of the Center for Inclusive Computing and former dean of Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University
4:30 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 13
Rashid Auditorium, GHC
(A virtual attendance option will be announced soon.)

Abstract: For the last two decades professors, nonprofits, philanthropists, the NSF and other agencies have been working to broaden participation in computing (BPC) in higher ed at all levels. Some progress has been made, but often it is incremental and takes place in small pockets. To accelerate the rate of progress in diversifying computing nationally requires that we as a field understand and remove institutional barriers at every level of higher ed and rethink the invitation to create systemic sustainable change. Launched in 2019 with funding from Pivotal Ventures LLC, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Gates, the Center for Inclusive Computing (CIC) is working in partnership with colleges and universities across the country to increase the representation of women — of all races and ethnicities — in computing. A key focus is to identify and remove institutional barriers and create new pathways to the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in computing. In her talk, Brodley will explore the most common institutional barriers the CIC sees across its portfolio. She will discuss the concrete measures that can be taken to address barriers to retention and the need to open new pathways to computing, such as creating a B.A. in computing, making CS1 a general education requirement, handling the distribution of prior computing experience in the intro sequence, creating interdisciplinary B.S./B.A. degrees, rethinking Ph.D. admissions, and creating and scaling the M.S. in CS for non-computer-science majors.


OurCS Poster Session and Recruiting Event
4-6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, GHC 6th Floor

The SCS DEI Team invites undergraduate students to attend a poster session and recruiting event held during the OurCS Women in Tech Conference. Posters will be presented by research teams attending the conference and recruiters from the following companies will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. to meet with interested CMU students: Adobe, Google, Intel, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Siemens, TwoSigma and Walmart. More information about this event will be coming soon.

New Updates to the Statistics and Data Hub staff have updated the Statistics & Data Hub applications to include new data releases from IPEDS and CCD. Version 1.3.5 includes K-12 enrollment data from 2013 to 2022 by race/ethnicity and sex, as well as postsecondary computing and engineering degree completions from 2011 to 2021 by race/ethnicity and gender. You can find the applications at the Statistics & Data Hub.

Dismantling Caste Supremacy

CMU will host some events and training around dismantling caste supremacy this coming academic year. These virtual training sessions will be facilitated by Thenmozhi Soundararajan, who is an activist, author of the book "The Trauma of Caste" and the executive director of Equality LabsFill out this form for more information. 

New Latino Student Association Calendar

Want to support, uplift and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your fellow Tartans? The Latino Graduate Student Association has created a new Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar coordinated by the organizations of SALSA, LGSA, SHPE, First Together, The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Hispanic-Latino Alumni Association of CMU.

Apple Women in Science and Engineering Mentorship

The Apple Women in Science and Engineering Mentorship Program (AWSEM) is in its seventh year! Interested students can submit an application (due Friday, Oct. 7) or contact the

Thank you,
The SCS DEI Team