Equity in Computing: Access to Opportunity

The College of Computing stands firmly committed to anti-racism in all of its policies, programs and priorities. We look at all of our activities through an anti-racist lens, meaning that we consider not only our intentions but the potentially disparate impacts of our actions. We work to counter the undue burden that social injustice has placed on many and diverse groups. We also understand that racism and discrimination in our society have placed their heaviest burdens on Black people and communities, and that our response to racial inequality must account for that.

We do not approach diversity in computing as simply a “pipeline problem,” but rather as a problem of equitable access to opportunity. As such, our approach is to focus on equity as well as equality. The college has invested in opportunities for underserved communities through its Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, which has brought computing education to Atlanta schools that did not offer it before. We recruit from underrepresented groups for our undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as for our faculty. We are actively working to include new groups into the field of computing, and we believe that doing so will make the field better both morally and intellectually.

We are working to mitigate the effects of racism on vulnerable populations and communities, through both computing education and research. We strive to teach all members of the Georgia Tech computing community to think in terms not just of achievement but of responsibility to society. And we actively seek collaborators, both on- and off-campus, who align in support of our vision for a more diverse, more inclusive, more socially responsible field of computing.

We still have much further to go, but we are proud of our accomplishments so far:

  • Georgia Tech historically graduates more Black undergraduates who go on to Ph.D.s in computer science than any other American university.
  • The College of Computing ranks second in the nation in producing minority Ph.D. graduates, and first in producing Black Ph.D. graduates among the top producers of faculty.
  • The College of Computing is tied for second among the nation's top Ph.D.-granting computing programs in the number of Black faculty members.