Cross-Cutting Educational Activities

We offer a number of cross-cutting Broadening Participation in Computing educational activities that serve all levels in our department and broader CS community. From workshops to thought-provoking speaker series, these opportunities help our CS community grow in their knowledge and understanding of broadening participation in computing within our department and beyond.

Engaging BPC and Research Experts.

Welcoming leading industry and research professionals.

Illinois CS Equity and Justice in Computing Conversations

This monthly conversation series features talks focused on research issues in computing, justice, and equity. Topics spotlight broad issues of equity and justice in tech and computing, as well computing research specifically centered on these issues.

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Illinois Computer Science Speakers Series

The Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share their ideas and promote conversations about important challenges and topics in the discipline. A broad array of speaker backgrounds, experience levels, and research interests provides a comprehensive variety of topics that serve all levels in the department.

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Learning and Growing.

Providing educational activities that serve all levels in our department and broader CS community.


Workshops and Institutes

  • Illinois CS presents a variety of BPC-related workshops for faculty and departmental leadership. Our Career Development Workshops provide opportunities for students to prepare for careers in computing academia or industry. Learn more about our educational BPC conferences and workshops.
  • The department also hosts a variety of technical conferences and workshops benefiting the CS academic and research communities. 
  • The IDEA Institute at the Grainger College of Engineering supports scholarship, innovation, collaboration, and leadership in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access at all levels. Illinois CS faculty, staff, and students are active in the institute, and were integral to the Grainger College of Engineering Anti-Racism Task Force.

Courses for Students

  • Open to all CS students, the Illinois CS Professional Development Seminar course introduces students to a variety of career-oriented topics and current issues in computer science and assists them in planning and preparing for the next step in their career. 
  • The Course Assistant Training is open to any student who is working as or interested in becoming a Course Assistant in the computer science department .