CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Community Statement

We all benefit when we embrace different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences, which is why diversity, equity, and inclusion are key staples of the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering community. We are continuously looking for ways to improve our department, and this starts with creating an inclusive environment. Ongoing support of student organization activities, as well as faculty and staff-led initiatives, promote the growth and values of our community. Our dedication to diversity and inclusion enables us to reach a broad set of students, to work in diverse teams, and to better train students to be the leaders of tomorrow.

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Upcoming DEI Event:

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The goal of the CSE DEI speaker series is to invite advocates of change to give talks that are idea and action focused, and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and action to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. The DEI speaker series is open to the UCSD community of faculty, staff, students, and campus affiliates.



Student Organizations

UCSD Grad WIC Members Social Gathering
UCSD Grad WIC Members Social Gathering
UCSD CSE Students at Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California (CWIC-SoCal)
UCSD CSE Students at Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California (CWIC-SoCal) 


Our passion for diversity and inclusion is evident in our support of student organizations whose missions align with the goals of the department. The undergraduate and graduate women in computing groups (WIC and GradWIC) strive to address the concerns of our student populations, especially women and underrepresented minorities, as well as build an inclusive community. WIC and GradWIC host a variety of social and professional events catered to the concerns of our students. In addition, both groups provide opportunities for professional growth, such as full scholarships to attend the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, where women have the opportunity to participate in a majority-female environment as well as network with major-company recruiters and academic affiliates.


UCSD Students, Faculty and Staff at 2017 Grace Hopper Conference
UCSD CSE Student Organization Leaders with CSE Chair Dean Tullsen

CSE Department Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

This commitment is not only prevalent among the students --- it is also a top priority for the department. These are some examples of our current efforts to foster diversity and inclusion:


UCSD Computer Science and Engineering Early Research Scholars Program (CSE-ERSP)
CSE Group at 2018 oSTEM Conference
  • Every Faculty candidate, in their application, must complete a diversity statement -- these contributions are used in both hiring and promotion decisions.
  • Our CSE Faculty have received UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Diversity Awards for their efforts to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in computer science.


CSE Associate Teaching Professor Christine Alvarado receives 2017 Diversity Award
  • Every year, the CSE Department sponsors students to attend the CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop, a 2-day workshop for women graduate students in computing to network with senior women in the field and learn techniques for succeeding in grad school
  • The Center for Networked Systems (CNS) provides a $10,000 fellowship, in Alan Turing’s memory, to an undergraduate student who is both interested in networked systems and active in supporting the LGBT community. Find out more about this scholarship here.



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2018 Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship awardees, Anton Sydorenko and Adrian Mendoza

CSE Outreach

  • CSE participates in in K-12 outreach efforts, such as the UCSD COSMOS program, where CSE hosts two courses for the summer academic enrichment program. Approximately one third of participants in this program are from underrepresented populations and many receive scholarships to attend courses and live on campus for this four-week program.


UCSD COSMOS High School Summer Program CSE Participants
Photo credit: Shirley Miranda


The UCSD CSE Diversity Committee is a group of dedicated faculty, students and staff working on promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion several efforts across the department. The committee meets about once a month and can be reached by email at diversity@cs.ucsd.edu. These are only a few of the happenings in our department, and as we continue to grow, so do our efforts. Come join us and help us create a more diverse and inclusive community.


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