The Iribe Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion

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The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing was created in February 2019 with a $1 million gift from Brendan Iribe, University of Maryland alumnus and co-founder of the virtual reality company Oculus. The Initiative aims to increase diversity and foster a stronger environment of inclusion in the university’s Department of Computer Science.

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Mission Statement

Brendan Iribe

We are committed to making computing a field that includes people from all backgrounds. Through exposure to computing for all populations, we foresee creating a vibrant inclusive community of students, educators, and researchers coming together to increase the involvement—and success—of ALL underrepresented populations interested in computing.

photo of Brendan Iribe (center) with the 2016 UMD Delegation at the Grace Hopper Celebration
Brendan Iribe (center) with the 2016 UMD Delegation at the Grace Hopper Celebration


Structure and Support

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Jan Plane

Dr. Jandelyn Plane, Director of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing and Principal Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, will lead the Initiative. The new Initiative will serve as an umbrella over MCWIC and will be guided by the Department of Computer Science’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and a new student advisory board, which will be created this spring. In addition, the Computer Science department; the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS); and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences will continue to provide support.


To learn more or contact us about the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing, please email:


Student Advisory Board

In partnership with the Department of Computer Science’s Inclusion and Diversity Faculty Committee, the Student Advisory board will assist in helping shape the programs under this initiative, promote diversity and inclusion within the department, and serve as an advocate for all underrepresented populations in computing.

The Student Advisory Board Application is open to undergraduate and graduate students in computer science. Students can serve on the Student Advisory Board up to 3 semesters during their time at UMD.

Student Leaders:


David Lee Turner

Academic Advisor, Department of Computer Science

Victoria A Fitzgerald

Academic Advisor, Department of Computer Science



For Current Students

The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing seeks to support ALL students in computing by creating avenues for support and inclusion in the broader computer science community.


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photo of Jan Plane speaking
photo of student speaking


Tutors offer support on general concepts, practice problems, and theories in the computer science intro classes for ALL students. Tutors do not offer support on specific project or homework questions. To register for tutoring, please complete this form:

The form will give you access to a Google Calendar to sign-up for 1:1 appointments. Guided Study Sessions are group tutoring opportunities for each class. They are held twice a week for 1 hour in AVW 3136 (near the sky bridge). Spring 2019 Guided Study Session times for each class are listed below:

CMSC 131:
Tues 9:30am & Wed 5:30pm
CMSC 132:
Mon 6pm & Wed 11am
CMSC 216:
Mon 5pm & Thur 6:30pm
CMSC 250:
Mon 3:30pm & Tues 5pm
CMSC 330:
Mon 1pm & Thur 5:30 pm
CMSC 351:
Tues 4pm & Wed 3:30pm

Spring 2019 tutoring starts February 11 and runs through May 15.

Conference Funding

Students attend AfroTek 2019

The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing will be providing scholarships for students to attend diversity based conferences. Fall 2019 scholarships will be given to students interested in AfroTech, the Grace Hopper Celebration, and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. The deadline to apply is May 23rd at 11:59pm EST.

To apply, you must:

For more information about the scholarship process, please view this presentation

Aside from scholarships provided by the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity, the Department of Computer Science has professional development funds available to UMD students interested in traveling to conferences, workshops, hackathons, and other professional development events. Applications are typically reviewed within two weeks of submission.

A partial professional computing conferences list can be found here.

To apply, you must:

Questions about the scholarship processes can be directed to

Inclusion Speaker Seminar Series

Photo of Professor Marine Carpuat speaking at Fall 2018 inclusion series
Professor Marine Carpuat (r) speaks during the Fall 2018 Inclusion Series

While we have a very diverse student body in the Department of Computer Science, our faculty members are just beginning to match it in terms of diversity. Very often our students do not see professors who look like them-- or are different from them--giving academic or other technical talks. While we firmly believe that our current faculty members teach, research, and operate with fairness and inclusion in mind, we also understand that representation is of utmost importance. We take the words of education activist Marian Wright Edelman very seriously: “You cannot be what you cannot see.” Whether it is a position as a professor, a CTO, a software developer, or a cofounder of a startup, it is important for our students to see themselves in the speakers we introduce to them. Conversely, it is equally important for students to see people who look different from themselves in positions of authority as professors and technical experts in order to challenge perceived stereotypes and to ultimately encourage inclusive behavior.

Founded by Fredrika Salley and Dr. B.K. Adams in September 2018, the Inclusion Speaker Series brings in faculty members and researchers to give technical talks about all areas of computing. In 2019 we are welcoming the following four speakers:


Friday, February 22nd

Jelani Nelson

Associate Professor of Computer Science
John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Tuesday, March 5th

Rediet Abebe

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Computer Science Cornell University
Cofounder, Mechanism Design for Social Good research initiative (with Kira Goldner)
Cofounder, Black in AI, (with Timnit Gebru)

April (TBD)

Ms. Veronica Villar (‘13)

Software Developer
Former Tactical Data Network Specialist
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Honorably Discharged after 8 years of service
Henderson, NV

Friday, May 3rd

Michelle Mazurek

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
University of Maryland



The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing seeks to bring students from all backgrounds into the community of computing through outreach and recruitment opportunities.


Summer 2019 Camps

JumpStart Computing Elementary Camp

Target Camper: Rising 4th and 5th Graders
Session 1: June 17th- June 21st

Session 2: July 8th - 12th

Session 3: August 5th - 9th

Elementary students are invited to an interactive learning experience in computing, robotics, and cybersecurity. Undergraduate students will cover topics such as Python Art, Number Theory, Scratch, Cryptography and Robotics over the course of this one-week camp. This event will provide students with the opportunity to explore computing topics, and learning about additional resources to continue their learning. Students should have a basic level of reading comprehension and math skills. Before and After Care will be available for an additional fee.

Applications are closed for Summer 2019.

Cost: $150 (scholarships available)


Target Camper: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders

Session: July 14th-August 1st ( with an optional activity, Friday, August 2nd)

AI4ALL is a three-week long, residential computer programming and artificial intelligence (AI) summer camp. Students will come away from the camp knowing how AI can be used to help people and an idea of what kinds of careers there are in AI. The camp will be offered to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in the area with a specific focus on Washington, DC and Prince George’s County (MD) Residents. Students will be exposed to personal growth, education, and hands-on experiences presented by faculty, guest lecturers,  and students at the University of Maryland.

Throughout the program, students will experience a blended learning environment with formal instruction, group work with UMD AI faculty and graduate students, as well as field trips, lab visits, and guest speakers. 


Learn more:

Best Consideration Date: May 2nd
Cost: $200 (scholarships available)

Introduction to Computing 101

Target Camper: Rising 9th-12th Graders
Session: June 24 - 28

Come join us for a 1 week camp to learn the basics of Python. Students will spend the week with current computer science students to explore the field. Students will have lab visits and field trips. Students with previous computing experience should explore one of our other camps as this is created to be an introduction to computing.

Apply Here:

Best Consideration Date: March 22
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)


Additional Outreach Programs

JumpStart Computing Elementary Workshop at UMD

Audience: Current 3rd- 5th Graders
Next Workshop: May 11, 2019

Elementary students are invited to the University of Maryland for an interactive learning experience in computing, robotics, and cybersecurity! Undergraduate students lead workshops in topics such as Python Art, Robotic Challenge, and Cryptography. This event provides students with the opportunity to explore computing topics, and learn about additional resources to continue their learning.

Learn more: JumpStart Workshop Flyer


Computing & Robotics K-12 Outreach

Throughout the year, Ambassadors take our curriculum on the road to visit local organizations and schools (ex. local Girl Scout troops) with a fun STEM activity. Activities last approximately 1-3 hours. STEM options include LEGO Mindstorm Robots, cryptology activities and programming that provide an introduction to computing principles. If your group is interested in learning more about these options, please complete this form to tell us more about your group and your interest.