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Resources and Initiatives

In Purdue's Department of Computer Science, we believe strongly in supporting the success of underrepresented populations in the field. Addressing this issue is critical to our mission.

We offer a number of programs, student organizations and events targeted toward helping women and underrepresented minorities succeed at Purdue.

 

Staff Resources

Lillian Evans

Lillian Evans, diversity specialist for the Department of Computer Science, advises and supports the department’s student organizations for women and and underrepresented students. She travels to admissions events,
conferences and community events to talk with prospective students about the Department of Computer Science.

Lillian previously worked in Purdue's Division of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost, where she was program coordinator for Purdue's Emerging Leader scholarship and BoilerMentor programs. With the creation of this position, the Department of Computer Science became the first department on Purdue’s campus to have a full-time staff member who focuses on diversity initiatives.

 

Student Organizations

Department of Computer Science

Association of Multicultural Computer Scientists (AMCS)

AMCS provides a support system for underrepresented undergrad and grad students’ academic, social and professional development.

Computer Science Women’s Network (CSWN)

CSWN consists of students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping all members succeed in computer science. You’ll connect with faculty and staff mentors and get to know other women in computer science as you explore the field together at professional conferences and fun social events.

Mentors for Aspiring Girls in Computing (MAGIC)

Join MAGIC and serve as a mentor for local high school girls who want to learn more about technology. Together, you’ll explore topics like art, games, mobile development, artificial intelligence and computer security.

 

College of Science

Association of Multicultural Science Students (AMSS)

This group helps members acquire jobs, internships and research assistantships and offers scholarships to students who show academic excellence, community service and club service.

Science Opportunities to Advance Retention (SOAR) Tutoring Program

SOAR is a tutoring program that will help you acclimate to college, providing strategies you can use to succeed in your major’s core courses.

Women in Science Program

The goal of WISP is to implement programming and facilitate relationships with upper class peers and faculty members that help retain women in the College of Science. WISP is designed so that faculty and peers serve as role models, offer support, and recommend strategies to contribute to the success of first year students. The program is designed to facilitate relationships, share information, and provide support that enhances the professional identity of women in science.


Conferences and Opportunities

Each year, groups of computer science students travel to several conferences that encourage diversity the computing field:

  • Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Conference
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

 

Campus Resources


Additional Resources

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Scholarship for Incoming Women

 

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