Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
To become a leading computer science program recognized for exemplary commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Exemplify our respect for underrepresented identities in technology, and demonstrate a meaningful responsibility to increasing the diversity, belonging, and advancement of underrepresented groups through reflective, data-driven, innovative, and holistic engagement initiatives and practices.
Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The UNC-CH Computer Science Department acknowledges the lack of representation of underrepresented groups (The ACT Report, 2021) within the computer science and technology industry. As we work to develop young professionals and continue to value academic excellence, we recognize the responsibility that we have to better support members of underrepresented identities to ensure a truly inclusive environment. As the technology industry continues to evolve, our charge is to also continue evolving as a department that values, celebrates, and advocates for the experiences and contributions of underrepresented groups. As a department, we are committed to creating spaces and opportunities to support and advance a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty. We will work to advocate for equitable processes and opportunities in order to increase accessibility, visibility, and belonging of technology within the department and the field.
We know that UNC CS experience is not confined to the microcosm of the CS department, and is heavily influenced by internal factors such as institutional leadership, and external factors, including industry practice, global issues, and other external factors. We acknowledge that the experiences of underrepresented groups within the department are impacted by such internal and external factors affecting safety and sense of belonging on a daily basis. We also appreciate that the intersections of identities (Crenshaw, 1989) allow individuals to hold both privileged and oppressed, or marginalized, identities. We value and welcome the celebration of intersecting identities, as they can only enhance our understanding of vast experiences and thus the contribution to the technology field.
It is our goal to create a culture that prioritizes and expresses positive intent, transparency, accountability, and support around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate our practices to align with these values. We welcome feedback and further opportunities to learn and improve.