A Study of Gender and Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Computer Science

The BRAID initiative (Building, Recruiting, and Inclusion for Diversity), founded in 2014 by Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and Dr. Telle Whitney, former President of AnitaB.org, aims to increase the percentage of women and students of color majoring in computer science. The BRAID initiative includes fifteen computer science departments across the U.S. that are committed to implementing changes to their introductory computer science courses, pathways into the major, departmental climate, and outreach efforts in hopes of diversifying their computer science majors.

A research team, led by UCLA’s Dr. Linda Sax, is conducting a mixed-methods, longitudinal study of the BRAID initiative. The BRAID research team is collecting data from students, faculty, staff, department chairs, and administrators in order to answer a variety of research questions related to the departmental change process and best practices for attracting and retaining women and students of color in computing majors.

In addition, members of the BRAID Research team are also engaged in complementary research on affiliated projects related to diversity in computing.