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Closing the Inclusion Gap in Computer Science


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Sixteen Virginia Tech computer science students received scholarship support to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration this fall.

Philanthropic giving to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Department of Computer Science helps create a culture of support for aspiring computer scientists.

Credit: Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) students aim to address the lack of diversity in computer science, with 32 students attending one of two national diversity in computing conferences on a scholarship this year.

Explained Virginia Tech's Mohammed Seyam, "The idea is to provide opportunities for students to network with people who look, speak, and think like them, as well as others who don't. They get to experience the value of diversity, and how our communities would benefit from such different groups of people working together."

Virginia Tech doctoral student Nure Tasnina attended the CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Dallas, TX, through which she hopes to "be part of the collective effort to create a more inclusive and diverse STEM community."

From Virginia Tech News
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