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Accessibility Resources & Service (at UNC)

Through ARS, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill seeks to meet the individual needs of applicants and current students with disabilities and medical conditions as they relate to academics, residences, dining, and co and extra-curricular campus activities. ARS coordinates and implements appropriate reasonable accommodations including academic adjustments and provides appropriate resources and services in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504).

Disability Equality Index

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

Lime Connect

Lime Connect represents the largest network of high-potential university students and professionals – including veterans – who happen to have disabilities in the world.

Entry Point

Entry Point! is the signature program of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology, and Disability. It was designed to increase the diversity of the science and engineering workforce by involving students and scientists with disabilities throughout all STEM education and career pathways.

Bender Consulting

Bender Consulting Services is a certified woman-owned business and a certified disability-owned business enterprise. We help leading companies hire people with disabilities, address ableism in the workplace, an create a culture of inclusion.

Access Computing

Access Computing believes engagement is the key to growing skills, networking and increasing awareness. The pages below are lists of opportunities to get involved for students, educators, and employers. You don’t have to be an Access Computing member or partner to participate, so have fun exploring and learning!

Underrepresented Students

Rewriting the Code

Rewriting the Code supports and empowers college, graduate and early career women in tech, through intersectional communities, mentorship, industry experience and educational resources, to become the next generation of engineers and tech leaders.

WITI

WITI’s ecosystem includes more than 3 million professionals, 60 networks and 300 partners, worldwide. They offer a variety of virtual events,  including regional network events, wellbeing courses, webinars and coaching circles.

AnitaB

AnitaB.org connects, inspires, and guides women in computing, and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Known worldwide for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration conference in the US & India each Fall.

Tech Intersections

Tech Intersections provides a space for the women of color most underrepresented in tech to come together and learn from each other’s successes, challenges, and experiences.

The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences

The Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences serves as a national resource for all African-American computer science students and faculty, including hosting a national conference annually.

Code2040

Code2040’s mission is to activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy.

Organizations for Black Computer Science Students and Professionals

Students can find scholarships and fellowships, networking events, and job and internship resources by joining a Black computer science organization. This page features lists of computer science, coding, and tech organizations that support Black students.

Women in Computer Science: Getting Involved in STEM

This page offers education and career resources for women interested in pursuing Computer Science, as well as information on the current state of Women in Tech.

CMD-IT

CMD-IT is the national Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology that is focused on the following communities: African Americans/Blacks, Native Americans/Indigeneous People, Hispanics/Latinx, and People with Disabilities.

AISES

Founded in 1977, growing the AISES membership above our current 5,900 individual members is key to achieving our mission. AISES supports 230 affiliated pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, 3 tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. We promote the highest standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. We highlight the geographic, economic, and social aspects of STEM education and careers.

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacific (LEAP)

Leadership Education for Asian Pacific, Inc. (LEAP) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.

Conference on Asian Pacific Leadership (CAPAL)

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is a charitable and educational organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American community.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Since 1974, over 40 years ago, SHPE has been changing lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and professional development.

Communities at UNC

Pearl Hacks

Pearl Hacks is a weekend-long hackathon targeting women and non-binary students, where people from all over North America come to learn and innovate using their coding skills. Teams of up to four will have 24 hours to complete a tech project of their choice, with the help of excellent sponsors, mentors, workshops, and tech talks. All the while, they’ll get to meet some fantastic people, enjoy fun games, collect swag, and eat free food. The hackathon is especially catered toward first-time hackers who are looking for an inclusive and supportive environment to explore the world of technology.

queer_hack

The mission of queer_hack is to remove barriers for queer students in tech-related fields with the ultimate goal of increasing recruitment and retention of queer people in academia and industry. queer_hack plans an inclusive annual hackathon, provides skill-building workshops and networking opportunities, and is building a community of queer students in tech. Whether you’re interested in planning, participating in, or supporting one of the nation’s first hackathons for queer students, we are glad you’re here! No experience required (coding or otherwise) so don’t be shy! Queer students and allies are both welcome.

Women in Computer Science (WiCS)

The Women in Computer Science club at UNC Chapel Hill (WiCS) is a social, professional, and academic organization to empower and enable women in computer science. We host a variety of events throughout the year aimed at bringing together the women in tech here on campus and supporting them through mentorship, informative talks, and networking events. We frequently team up with the other organizations in the Computer Science department dedicated to eradicating the gender gap for co-hosted events and coordinate with Girls Who Code and PearlHacks each year.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. The UNC Girls Who Code club aims to get middle- and high-school girls involved in and excited about technology. Any middle- or high-school girl can participate. UNC Computer Science undergraduate and graduate students can apply to become volunteers.

Black in Technology (BiT)

Black in Technology was founded to provide a supportive network for the academic and professional development of Black students in tech majors at UNC.