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CSE one of 15 CS Departments in U.S. selected for BRAID

CSE BRAID faculty: (L-R): Phil Sweany, David Keathly, Renee Bryce, Barrett Bryant, Armin Mikler

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been selected to be one of fifteen Computer Science departments in the U.S. to participate in the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative to increase the percentage of undergraduate majors that are female and students of color. This initiative is being launched by The Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, and Harvey Mudd College.

The BRAID initiative was announced on September 24 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her address at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), as part of the Girl’s CHARGE, a CGI commitment toward programs for girls and women. BRAID is supported by three-year funding commitments from Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft, which provides $30,000/year to each of the participating departments. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of ABI, will lead the BRAID initiative.

For more information, see this press release.