Diversity & Outreach
The programs below are open to all students.
The Princeton Computer Science Department, the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy, and the AI4ALL foundation run an annual summer camp to teach Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and policy to high school students from underrepresented groups.
Princeton Women in Computer Science (PWiCS)
The mission of PWiCS is to encourage women interested in pursuing computer science. It plans regular events, partners up with outside companies for information sessions, workshops, and talks, and also plays an active role in community outreach. Princeton Women in Computer Science is open to all students.
Program in Algorithmic and Combinatorial Thinking (PACT)
This is a program with focus on the theoretical foundations of computer science. Participants are mostly high school students. PACT consists of a 5-week summer program followed by a year-round program.
Princeton Online Tutoring Network (POTN)
The Princeton Online Tutoring Network (POTN) enables Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni to contribute tutoring assistance to underrepresented K-12 students. POTN is a partnership between the Computer Science Department and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton. It was initiated during the Covid-19 pandemic, to address the disproportionate learning disruption for under-represented students, but it is now intended to be a lasting institution to address a clear societal need.
Prison Teaching Initiative
The Prison Teaching Initiative seeks to bridge Princeton University’s academic and service-driven missions by providing the highest quality post-secondary education to incarcerated students in New Jersey; offering Princeton University graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff innovative, evidence-based pedagogy training and the chance to diversify their teaching portfolios through intensive classroom experience; and fostering a robust campus dialogue on mass incarceration and its relationship to systemic inequalities in access to education.
Princeton CS in Puerto Rico
The Princeton CS in Puerto Rico summer program combines Computer Science education and Community Service projects in Puerto Rico. Princeton undergraduates serve as teaching assistants for an introductory computer science course (based on Princeton’s popular COS126) at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. In addition, the student team participates in various community service projects to aid in hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Research Inclusion Social Event (RISE)
RISE is a group of CS grad students, postdocs, and faculty which meets ~monthly to discuss topics related to climate, diversity, and inclusion. The primary goal is to support a community of CS graduate students who engage in these discussions, and some meetings focus on mentoring topics as well.
Pathways to Graduate School
The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers high-achieving, rising college seniors majoring in STEM disciplines the opportunity to prepare for graduate school at a one-day virtual event. This event provides a better understanding of graduate education through exposure to current graduate students and faculty representing the six engineering graduate programs and familiarity with the graduate school application process.
Princeton Pathway into the Academy Program (PPIA)
This year-long career development program prepares early-stage researchers for faculty careers in engineering and computer science. The program offers structured support that supplements the guidance graduate students and postdoctoral fellows already receive from their advisors. It combines on-campus workshops along with virtual trainings and check-ins and other opportunities for ongoing mentorship and guidance.
LEAP Alliance (cross-University effort)
The goal of the NSF-funded LEAP (Diversifying LEAdership in the Professoriate) Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field.
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference sponsorship
The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate the diversity that exists in computing, connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference, obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry, and be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.
Grace Hopper Celebration sponsorship
To honor Grace Hopper’s legacy and inspire future generations of women in tech, Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney founded Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in 1994. The AnitaB.org flagship event brings the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront, and highlights the contributions of women to the tech world.
Engineering Projects in Community Service
Princeton Engineering students can choose from a wide range of student organizations that focus on outreach in sciences and engineering.