Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassadors
UNC Department of Computer Science is committed to creating opportunities that support and advocate for students that have been historically excluded from computer science and technology. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ambassador Program is intended to address issues of visibility, access, and outreach for those within the department and throughout the surrounding community. As a part of this program, current undergraduate and graduate students serving in this role will be given the opportunity to serve as a resource and community builder for peers with underrepresented and historically excluded identities. DEI Ambassadors will be the student leaders affiliated with the Debugging DEI initiative in the department.
The DEI Ambassadors provide an indispensable service to the Department of Computer Science by serving as liaisons to current and prospective students, the community, faculty and staff, UNC alumni, and industry on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a DEI ambassador, each member is expected to be a significant contributor to the development of the department as an inclusive community.
Applications for DEI Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 academic year are closed.
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2022-2023 DEI Ambassadors
My name is Bailey DeSouza and I’m a third-year student double majoring in Computer Science and Studio Art. Prior to coming to UNC, I didn’t have any programming knowledge or experience. I changed my major to Computer Science my freshman year and have since found a great community within the department, though it’s far from perfect. I’m passionate about making CS spaces more inclusive so that all students will be able to find a place of belonging within the field. Outside of the DEI Ambassadors, I also work with UNC’s Girls Who Code to encourage younger girls to pursue programming and help create a welcoming environment within STEM. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have ideas about how to make CS at UNC more accessible and inclusive or just want to chat!
My name is Shanly Vong and I am a rising junior studying Neuroscience and Computer Science! I am interested in DEI efforts, specifically in Computer Science, because I also want to help foster a safe and encouraging environment for individuals in historically underrepresented communities. As an underrepresented minority in STEM (and Computer Science), I want to contribute in any way I can to building a supportive atmosphere I – and many of my peers – strive to have. Whether it is interacting with Computer Science undergraduate students, alumni, or faculty, I will ensure everyone feels included and has the space they deserve to fill.
My name is Ce’Niyah Ellison, a Junior from Greensboro, NC double majoring in Computer Science and Information Science. As one of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) ambassadors, I aim to create an inclusive, accessible, diverse space for minority students in the Computer Science department. I am also involved with Black in Technology (BiT), Coulture Magazine, and Kamikazi Dance Group.
Hi my name is Mariana Rodriguez, and I am a 2nd year majoring in computer science. What interested me in being a DEI Ambassador was the ability to give back after all the diversity initiatives I have been involved in that led me to where I am today. Without programs like Girls Who Code and the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program, I would have never known that I could belong in this space like this.
My name is Paul Smith, III, and I am a senior pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science here at Carolina! Besides being an ambassador for DEI in the CS department, I am also the President of the organization Black in Technology and the Executive Assistant of the organization Black Entrepreneurship Initiative. The reason why I am interested in DEI (specifically within the CS department) is that I believe that everyone no matter their ability, financial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or religion should have the opportunity to pursue and be involved within the Computer Science sphere. My goals are to help voice any concerns you may have while being a CS student at Carolina, lead you in the direction of finding the solution, and provide resources to ensure your success. Please feel free to email me if you have any concerns within the CS Department, would like to chat about my/your experience and any guidance I may have, or if you are interested in learning about the other organizations I am involved in. Remember that you are more than capable of being successful at this university!
Hi, I’m William Garcia, and I am a junior double majoring in computer science and political science. I love to travel when I get the opportunity to. I enjoy playing sports mainly soccer and basketball and overall being active which has good benefits physically and mentally. I’m super excited to be part of this team!
HelloWorld! My name is Dharshini Raman, and I am a second-year double-majoring in Computer Science and Peace, War, and Defense. I joined the CS DEI department to be a voice for the multitude of under-represented minorities in tech and share the wonders of computing with creativity and collaboration.
My name is Kayla Casey, and I am a Computer Science and Statistics double major in the class of 2025. As a DEI Ambassador for Computer Science, I plan to bring diversity to the forefront of the computer science program here at UNC to make the necessary academic change that will revolutionize the tech industry. I want to see underrepresented communities in computer science have increased opportunities in this field, and I believe that a big part of that change will start with our work here.
My name is Mia Uitz and I am a rising fourth-year studying Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics and Entrepreneurship. At Carolina, I am a part of Kappa Theta Pi, Phi Mu, Girls Who Code, Pearl Hacks, and LA for Comp 301. I am passionate about promoting more women in stem and fostering an open discussion around mental health in CS as well as campus wide. I look forward to being a part of creating a more inclusive community for all identities within CS as a DEI ambassador next year!
My name is Andrea Dunn and I am part of the class of 2024 and majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. I was born in Mexico but grew up in Chapel Hill. I am excited to serve as a CS DEI Ambassador this year in order to give back to my community and create a welcoming space for every student.