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Department of Computer Science

Diversity

Halligan Hall, the home of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts

The Tufts Department of Computer Science encourages every student at the university to explore our discipline, regardless of previous exposure to the subject. Our introductory courses require no previous background. We strive to create an environment in which all students can fully explore their interests in computer science, whether that be by taking a course or two, minoring in the subject, majoring in it, or getting a master’s or Ph.D.  We seek to prepare our students for impactful and rewarding careers in computer science as well as the many other fields that can benefit from computer science expertise.

The Tufts Department of Computer Science is engaging and inclusive, built on finding strength through diversity.  Our department is diverse in race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ability/disability, age, socioeconomic background, academic experience, veteran status, and many more dimensions than we can list here.  We recognize that a diverse student body is vital to producing future leaders, creating innovative technologies, and serving society.

Our partnership with the Building, Recruiting, and Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative underscores this commitment. The department is a 2018 BRAID Affiliate. The initiative, co-led by AnitaB.org and Harvey Mudd College, was created in 2014 in the hopes of ultimately improving diversity and representation in computer science. Affiliates commit to increasing the diversity of their computing departments and learn best practices from other BRAID schools.

In addition to working to build an inclusive community at Tufts, we support students from underrepresented groups by sending them to conferences at which they can experience being in the majority. In the past, we have sent students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, National Society of Black Engineers conventions and conferences, the Lesbians Who Tech Conference, and oSTEM’s annual conference.

The Tufts Department of Computer Science strives to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the context of a School of Engineering and a university that shares these goals.  To support these efforts,  Tufts University established a Center for STEM Diversity in 2008 that works in partnership with the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences to foster a diverse and inclusive science and engineering learning environment.

Students at the Grace Hopper Celebration.

Women in Computer Science

The Tufts Department of Computer Science is proud to support initiatives that encourage women to pursue computer science at Tufts and beyond.