Broadening Participation in Computing
At Illinois, we seek to develop and maintain a representative, inclusive, and supportive community that prepares and empowers all of its members to excel and effect positive impact in the broader community. To achieve these goals, Illinois CS has several efforts to support pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as faculty from Illinois and from computing institutions across the world.
Looking for a way to get involved with our BPC programs? Our department provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and external CS community members and partners to engage in BPC activities. Learn more below or contact the BPC Team.
BPC opportunities for Illinois CS undergraduate and graduate students are designed to support our students while also providing ways for students to contribute to our BPC mission.
- BPC programs provide accessible pathways into computing, unique research opportunities, and opportunities to connect with fellow students and Illinois CS faculty through mentorship, professional development, and community building activities.
- Student organizations foster a fun and supportive Illinois CS community.
- Departmental, campus, college, and broader computing BPC resources support students in their personal, educational, and career goals.
- Connect with our Illinois CS faculty to learn about unique research opportunities available to them.
- Educational talks, workshops, and courses offered through cross-cutting educational activities prepare students to actively engage with BPC work as they continue on in their careers.
Faculty members have many opportunities to engage in BPC work with our students as well as educational opportunities that provide professional development in BPC best practices.
- Engage with our students and broader community via RSO outreach opportunities
- Serve as graduate or undergraduate mentors in a variety of our BPC programs.
- Cross-cutting educational opportunities including departmental talks, BPC Workshops, and educational institutes provide BPC professional development and training.
- Seek BPC Plan consultation for NSF CISE proposals.
We welcome our alumni and friends to partner with us on recruiting, research, and philanthropy to uphold our global reputation as a leader in computer education and research.
Illinois CS strives to be a leader in BPC education. We invite our broader BPC community and partners to learn more about our cross-cutting educational activities which include workshops and educational seminars open to the broader community. We have cultivated a list of external BPC educational resources which provide helpful tools for BPC best practices. If you are interested in becoming engaged with our BPC programs, please contact our BPC Program Team.
Programs & Activities for Students
Our BPC programs and activities seek to inspire all voices, imagine the future, and invest in the next generation of computing leaders and professionals. We aim to make computing accessible for people from all backgrounds at all levels.
As part of our commitment to broadening participation in computing, we offer a series of educational opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and the broader computing community, including a variety of workshops for developing departmental BPC plans.
K-12 Outreach and Resources
Illinois Computer Science has developed a series of outreach programs and resources aimed at serving our local community to raise awareness about and interest in computer science.
We have a comprehensive network of department, college, campus, and community resources available for students, faculty, and staff to broaden participation in computing.
At Illinois, there's a lot of life outside the classroom. Student organizations at the university provide numerous extra-curricular activities and experiences that are available for every student to explore.
Our BPC Plan
In order to support meaningful actions that address the longstanding underrepresentation of various populations including women, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and persons with disabilities in the computing field, The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) launched a BPC pilot effort to encourage thoughtful engagement of and meaningful action by the community on this longstanding issue.
iCAN is a new one-year program for non-computer science college graduates who are interested in a high-tech computing career or pursuing a graduate degree in computer science. Specifically designed coursework in computing fundamentals is coupled with individualized attention from world-class faculty, plus academic and career mentoring.