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We welcome our alumni and friends to partner with us on recruiting, research collaborations, and philanthropy to uphold our rankings and global reputation as a leader in computer science education and research. Learn about all the ways you can benefit from getting involved.

Build the Talent Pipeline

Illinois Computer Science has developed programming throughout the year to engage and inspire more young people to explore the fun and diverse applications of computer science.

  • Girls Who Code chapter—ongoing programming for local girls
  • Sail (April)—a day of student run workshops targeted for high school students
  • NCWIT Aspirations Awards (April)—recognizes high school girls for their interest in computer science
  • ChicTech Retreat (November)—an overnight retreat for high school girls
  • Hour of Code (December)—open labs for coding fun for the whole family

All of these outreach activities are funded by the CS Department, alumni donations, and corporate partners. To get involved, email