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Diversity In Computer Science

Students at Tapia Conference with Richard Tapia

Our mission is to foster an inclusive departmental computing community of students, staff, and faculty. We seek to recruit, welcome, mentor, and educate a diverse group of Computer Science graduate and undergraduate students, including significant numbers of women and underrepresented minorities. Our goal is to be a diverse department that is representative of our society and that uses computing to societal benefit through technological innovation.

Since 1992, the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) has provided encouragement and support to engineering students, focusing on the under-represented population. Learn more at their website.

TechGirls is an international exchange program designed to inspire and empower high school girls from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia in STEM. The 60+ girls visited Virginia Tech to learn from faculty experts in coding, programming, and cybersecurity. They also visited local businesses for a job shadowing day.

Their visit was facilitated by the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech. TechGirls is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Legacy International.

Learn more about their 2019 visit in the video below.

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2020 On-Demand Diversity Events

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Diversity in CS Panel
Panelists shared the challenges that the African-American community faces in the computer science field. Panelists include: Briana Augenreich ('15), Victoria Hairston ('17), and Lawrence Warren (MS '18).

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Women in CS Panel
Panelists share their personal pathways and experiences in a male dominated industry, talk about the importance of female networks, and share how they are paving the way for other women in computer science. Panelists include: Margaret Ellis (MS '02), Associate Professor of Practice; Sarah Lee ('18); and Megan Underwood ('08).

The Diversity Committee gives leadership across a broad range of areas and activities.  The committee helps track progress, identify challenges, and carry out initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion in the department, as well as foster a positive and welcoming climate for students, faculty, and staff in computer science.

Young Cao

Young Cao (co-chair)
Associate Professor

Melanie Darden

Melanie Darden
Financial Specialist

 

Margaret Ellis

Margaret Ellis
Associate Professor of Practice

Scott McCrickard

Scott McCrickard
Associate Professor

Liqing Zhang

Liqing Zhang (co-chair)
Associate Professor

Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards
Professor
Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies

Aisling Kelliher

Aisling Kelliher
Associate Professor