The Hopper-Dean Foundation has awarded the EECS department $2 million over two years to support 多样 initiatives in computer science. The gift follows the success of a $1M grant awarded by Hopper-Dean in 2016 to include and support more CS students from underrepresented groups at Berkeley. The grant will fund initiatives targeting high school students (Beauty & Joy of Computing), community college students (Transfer-To-Excellence), 1st and 2nd year undergraduates (CS Kickstart, CS Scholars, CS Mentors), 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates (Teaching at Scale), and 1st year graduates (EECS Graduate Fellows). These initiatives have shown real results. In just the past two years, the number of women who graduated in CS and EECS majors increased by 47%, and the number of underrepresented minority students increased by 43%. Over the past eight years, the number of women enrolled in the EECS graduate program has more than doubled and minority graduate 学生们 increased by more than 50%.
EECS Assistant Prof. Anca Dragan will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Ada Lovelace Day Celebration of Women in Robotics on Tuesday, October 8, in Sutardja Dai Hall. The celebration is sponsored by the Women in Tech Initiative (WITI), a joint program of 伯克利工程, CITRIS & the Banatao Institute, and CITRIS 人 & Robotics (CPAR). It plans to offer "a deep dive into robotic applications for good " and will show participants how "to enter the robotics field with networking, mentoring opportunities, and demos from impressive student groups and supportive community organizations including Women in Robotics/SVR." Panels will feature leaders from robotics startups, like Tessa Lau (Dusty Robotics), Nicole Kernbaum (Seismic), Jasmine Lawrence (EDEN BodyWorks) and Mai Nguyen (Optoceutics). Robohub’s selection of the Top 25 Women in Robotics will also be revealed