Equity in Computing: Access to Opportunity

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As computing continues to expand into every corner of our society, it is vital that the field of computing reflects society as a whole. We know that more diverse groups produce better computing solutions, for one thing. And we know that the professional and intellectual opportunities available in computing should be open to everyone.

The College of Computing has been actively working to diversify our community for years. We recruit from underrepresented groups for our undergraduate students, our graduate students, and our faculty. We have put our resources into the Atlanta Public Schools to make sure that local high school students have access to computing education that they didn’t before.

We don’t just believe in equality of opportunity, we believe in equity. And we don’t just invite underrepresented minorities into our community, we invest in their success. Come join us in Atlanta and learn how you can make a difference.

Read our commitment to anti-racism here.

School of Computational Science and Engineering

headshot of Alex Rodriguez standing in hallway

“I believe the more diversity of thought and skill we can have in solving impactful research problems, such as forecasting the spread of Covid-19, the more comprehensive and thoughtful our solutions will be. I have seen the adverse consequences of taking high-level decisions with little consideration of what is happening on the ground; therefore, it is my desire to make our models as comprehensive and realistic as possible, and that is only achievable with diversity of thought and background."- Alexander Rodriguez, CSE Ph.D. Student

School of Interactive Computing

De'Aira Bryant

“Women don't just need representation, they need a voice. I want to be their champion, connect them to the right people.” - De'Aira Bryant, IC Ph.D. Student




Machine Learning Center

Zhanzhan Zhao, a machine learning Ph.D. student

"I think that the phenomenon of social division within a community, or segregation, is pervasive and problematic. Segregation helps form polarized minisocieties that propagate unfairness, create competition for resources, and promote uncooperative efforts to seek political authority. I'm using machine learning to help end residential segregation in Atlanta," - Zhanzhan Zhao, Machine Learning Ph.D. student

School of Computer Science

"No matter how confident one is, working in a male-dominated environment can negatively affect a woman’s perception of her abilities. If I was in a more diverse environment or if I had seen more women in my field, this harm could be prevented, so I want to really grab this opportunity now that people care about fairness, diversity, and discrimination." —Samira Samadi, SCS Ph.D. student