About The Initiative
The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing is committed to diversifying the tech sector and making all areas of computing inclusive across the intersections of gender identification, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and disability status.
We aim to create a supportive, vibrant and inclusive community of students, educators and researchers coming together to increase the involvement—and success—of all individuals from historically marginalized populations in computing.
- Support, educate and mentor students from populations underrepresented in computing majors and minors at the University of Maryland
- Collaborate with the K-12 community to encourage all students, especially those from historically marginalized populations, to become creators and leaders within computing
- Foster a safe space for faculty and staff along with undergraduate and graduate students in computing to connect across intersections of their identities through social, academic and professional programming
- Train, teach, and model community-building and advocacy skills so our community members are equipped with the tools and resources to advocate for change and make the computing field more inclusive.
- In the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing, we base the foundation of our definition for “underrepresented populations in computing” on the National Science Foundation (NSF) statement below.
In the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing, we base the foundation of our definition for “underrepresented populations in computing” on the National Science Foundation (NSF) statement below.
“Across the computing workforce at all levels, there is underrepresentation of various populations including women, minorities (African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds), and persons with disabilities.” (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18101/nsf18101.jsp)
We also recognize and support underrepresented populations across the intersections of gender identification, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and disability status.
View our 2021-2022 annual report here.
View our 2021-2022 infographic here.
View our 2021-2022 recap slides here.
For over 20 years, efforts to support women in computing were apparent at the University of Maryland. Many of these programs centered around the formation of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC), Computer Science Women, and later our outreach programs. As each of these programs grew and expanded, it was clear a unified center was needed to capture the effort to bring more women into the field of computing and further grow the computing pipeline. As a way to formalize the important work being done by these organizations the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CNMS), The Department of Computer Science, and the University’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), worked together to form the Maryland Center for Women in Computing (MCWIC) in 2014.
We offer a series of outreach programs for K–12 girls aimed to spark an interest in computer science at an early age, showing them that it is both fun and accessible. These programs include an immersive multi-year curriculum for middle school girls, designed to catalyze and sustain their interest in technology. University of Maryland undergraduates serve as student ambassadors and aspirational peers. Participants learn the mechanics behind social media, the importance of cybersecurity, and why computer science is essential to almost any career that demands critical thinking and decision-‐making skills.
Retention programs specific to the University of Maryland that support female computer science majors throughout their undergraduate and graduate experience. This includes scholarships, mentoring and peer networking opportunities, along with workshops that allow female computer science majors to see firsthand the breadth and options available to them in industry and academia. The center also works to build community. The MCWIC lounge is availible for female computing students to gather, share ideas, and interact with peers and mentors.
Dr. Jan Plane - Director
Dr. Jan is the Director of the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity, Director of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, and Associate Director of ACES (the first undergraduate cybersecurity honors program). She has been a faculty member in UMD's Computer Science Department since 1990. For 15 years of those years, she also worked on university computer science capacity building projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan. She holds graduate degrees in both computer science and education; her work focuses on computer science education - curriculum development, pedagogical methods and underrepresented populations in computing. She encourages both quality of content and access to computing for students (elementary-school to graduate-school) through teaching, outreach programs and teacher professional development.
Kate Atchison - Associate Director
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Kate is the Associate Director of the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity and the Maryland Center for Women in Computing. She joined UMD in 2016. Previously, she worked at UMBC in the Career Center. Kate received her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University and her B.A. in Communication from the University of Tennessee. Kate oversees the corporate and community partnernships, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Maryland Affiiiate, Tech + Research, and strategic planning efforts around inclusion and diversity in computing.
Charlotte Avery - Coordinator for Outreach
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Charlotte is the Coordinator for Outreach for the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C) and the Maryland Center for Women in Computing. She supervises and trains over 30 undergraduate computer science students who serve as teaching ambassadors to K-12 underrepresented students in over 150 computing events and programs that she oversees. She maintains partnerships with Reboot Representation, DC College Access Program, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, NCWIT Aspirations and various schools in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. Prior to working at I4C, she spent 9 years as a secondary mathematics and computer science teacher. She was a 2019 Prince George's County Public School Teacher of the Year nominee. She has also worked as an adjunct professor and instructor in mathematics at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. Charlotte, received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Event Management and a Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida.
Veronica Sanchez- Coordinator for Retention
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Veronica is the Coordinator for Retention for the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C) and the Maryland Center for Women in Computing. She joined UMD in 2020. Prior to working at I4C, she worked as the Student Programs Manager for the National Geographic Society Education department. She also co-managed for several years the Texas State Science & Engineering Fair. Veronica, received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University, and a Master of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Veronica oversees the I4C Tutoring program, the Peer & Alumni Mentoring program, and current student events and programming.
Caitlin Rudy- Career Access Lead
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Katie Bemb - Communications Lead
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Kristina Kramarczuk - Graduate Assistant
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Sofia Gonzalez - Graduate Assistant
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- Utsa Santhosh (Primary Student Worker)
- Raphael Ukpelegbu (Marketing Intern)
Teaching Ambassadors are selected for the Summer and the academic year. View more about this program here.
- Abril Arias
- Sam Bai
- Emily Chang
- Ishita Chatterjee
- Hana Chitsaz
- Tara Choudhary
- Huma Chowdhury
- Alyssa Pauline Comising
- Sarah Flores
- Sophie Jorgensen
- Lalitha Kasi
- Van (Jessica) Le
- Jessica Kao Lee
- Amanda Ma
- Jiaqi Ma
- Lauren Elizabeth Manning
- Shivasree Margam
- Ashna Mehrotra
- Harpreet Multani
- Ananya Ramkumar
- Rose Riggs
- Sadena Rishindran
- Emily Rivas
- Neha Shijo
- Ambika Sikri
- Logan Stevens
- Neha Swamy
- Aneesha Tamang
- Pauline Tanwin
- Maryann Vazhapilly
- Nandini Venkatesh
- Rae Wu
- Nidhi Yabannavar
- Esther Zhang
- Irene Li
- Renee Sen
- Ipsa Mittra
- Priya Mapara
- Sorian Kamara
- Jennifer Li
- Mary Redpath
- Rachel (Rae)Wu
- Konstantine Kahadze
Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing Undergraduate Research Assistant
- Maya Narayanasamy
- Anaum Khan
- Genevieve Sampson
The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing was created in April 2019 with a $1 million gift from Brendan Iribe, University of Maryland alumnus and co-founder of the virtual reality company Oculus. The Initiative aims to increase diversity and foster a stronger environment of inclusion in the university’s Department of Computer Science.
Dr. Jandelyn Plane, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, leads the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C). I4C serves as an umbrella over the Maryland Center for Women in Computing and will be guided by the Department of Computer Science’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and the I4C student advisory board, which will be created this spring. In addition, the Computer Science department; the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS); and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences will continue to provide support.
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Computer Science Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to foster a climate of inclusion in our department and to develop and implement data-driven and scientifically proven strategies for increasing and maintaining diversity across all constituencies, as defined by the vision set out in Section V of the department’s Strategic Plan. The committee also serves as a liaison between our department and other diversity and inclusion-related activities/organizations across the campus, including, but not limited to the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Student Advisory Board
In partnership with the Department of Computer Science’s Inclusion and Diversity Faculty Committee, the Student Advisory board will assist in helping shape the programs under this initiative, promote diversity and inclusion within the department, and serve as an advocate for all underrepresented populations in computing.
The Student Advisory Board Application is open to undergraduate and graduate students in computer science. Students can serve on the Student Advisory Board up to 3 semesters during their time at UMD.
Student Advisory Board Leadership:
Vice Chairs: Simin Li & Jaiaditya Upadhyay
Student Advisory Board Members:
- Christine Herlihy
- Christy Yau
- Dhvani Patel
- Surabi Ramamurthy
- Trisha Mittal
- Urisha Kreem
- Usama Younus
- William Liu
- Yuelin Liu
- Sonya Radichkova (email)
David Lee Turner
Senior Academic Advisor, Department of Computer Science
Graduate Assistant, Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing