We believe that a diverse and inclusive community is critical to the success of our educational and research missions. A diverse department is necessary for making our educational programs accessible by a wide range of students, bringing multiple perspectives to our research program, and creating a supportive and welcoming culture that is critical to student success. Awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion is especially critical in Computer Science, a discipline with a long track record of underrepresentation of by women and minorities.

Diversity initiatives at Johns Hopkins University and the Whiting School of Engineering:

Funding Opportunity: Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is dedicated to nurturing, mentoring and connecting the exceptional diverse talent that exists at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions (MSIs) to STEM graduate education and future leadership in STEM careers.

Interested students must apply directly to the desired PhD program, and also submit a supplemental application for the scholarship. Note the December 1st deadline for scholarship applications.

Funding Opportunity: Google's Award for Inclusion Research Program

Google's Award for Inclusion Research (AIR) Program is an ongoing effort to support innovative research and professors working to create positive societal impact in the areas of accessibility, algorithmic fairness, higher education and collaboration, and participatory ML.

Engineering Outreach Programs

WSE’s Center for Educational Outreach provides:

  • STEM curricular support to Baltimore City schools, including a partnership with Barclay Elementary/Middle School, Engineering Innovation, college-level STEM educational programs for students from across the country aimed at increasing representation of women and minorities in STEM education and careers.
  • Whiting Internships in Science & Engineering (WISE), providing hands-on research opportunities in WSE faculty labs and mentorship for students in Baltimore City schools.

Department of Computer Science Outreach

  • North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), a competition for students in grades 6-12 that introduces them to challenges in the field of computational linguistics
  • Students and faculty attend diversity-focused computing conferences, including the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.

Graduate Admissions Diversity Initiatives

We are committed to creating greater diversity in our doctoral programs and have adopted an admissions process that seeks the most talented students with the highest potential for research success and emphasizes achievement relative to available opportunity.

  • We waive GRE requirements for students who are unable to take the GRE and have low application fees, which can also be waived for first-generation college students or participants in programs such as NNE or SACNAS.
  • We offer EHOP (Explore Hopkins Program) each fall, a program that brings prospective doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds to campus for an intimate opportunity to learn more about our programs.

Diversity Committee

In fall 2020, The Department of Computer Science launched its first Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee embodies two principles. It is representative; members are drawn from all constituencies, including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty. It also has independent authority to execute its policy and oversight mission.

The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to guide the Department to develop and implement research-grounded initiatives that will ensure a safe space for all in our community, to foster inclusivity, and to ensure that we succeed as individuals and together.

The committee will review the implementation of diversity and inclusion in all department functions and report to the faculty on the successes and shortcomings of the implementation in an action plan.

To contact the committee, email diversityandinclusion@cs.jhu.edu.
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