The University of Rochester has significantly increased the number of female students graduating with computer science degrees, and this year it will be double the national average.
The university accomplished this partly with a cluster system enabling students to sample computer science courses and then opt to continue with a minor or double major.
Another contributing factor has been the participation of Rochester's computer science department in the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative. In addition to ramping up the department's recruitment of females and minorities and creating more accessible courses for clusters and majors, BRAID underwrites student attendance at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, where networking and mentoring opportunities are abundant. The event encourages a communal feeling among attendees, which has been a catalyst for Women in Computing, a subcommittee of the Computer Science Undergraduate Council.
From University of Rochester NewsCenter
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