(L - R) Lesley Shannon, Elizabeth Croft, Anne Condon, Maria Klawe


Above: Four Generations of NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC/Yukon

We're always looking for grad and undergrad reps. If you're interested in joining the committee, please email Michele Ng

Undergraduate Community Building

The Committee for Outreach, Diversity and Equity (CODE) luncheons and dinners are held regularly; speakers from industry and academia are invited to come and share their career experience with students.  We also hold workshops and panels on topics designed to encourage women in Computer Science. Past topics have included salary negotiation, presentation skills, preparing applications to graduate school, and "Thrive as a Women in Technology." CODE encourages students from underrepresented groups to set up their own affinity groups to hold social and career-related activities with financial and administrative support from the committee.  The CODE student members also organize an informal mentoring programs called CS coffee chat to encourage interactions between senior and junior Computer Science students.

Graduate Community Building

The Committee for Outreach, Diversity and Equity (CODE) sponsors the Bi-Annual Grad Dinner. This event happens twice a year, usually in October and April. It is an opportunity for female graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and tech staff to meet in an informal setting outside of the department. These dinners are hosted by one of the faculty or staff members.

Tri-Mentoring Program

Our Tri-Mentoring program serves both genders, but we have been able to encourage women to participate, with over 50% of the participants being female.


GIRLsmarts4tech is a one-day computer science workshop for grade 7 girls.  The goal of the workshop is to introduce computer science to young girls through a series of educational and interactive activities and give them more confidence with computers and technology.  The workshops have been offered annually since 2004.

See the GIRLsmarts4tech website for more information.

Supporting Conference Attendance

The Committee for Outreach, Diversity and Equity (CODE) coordinates and supports the participation of female UBC students to attend conferences involving women in Computer Science. Examples include Canadian Women in Computing Conference, Grace Hopper Conference, CRA-W Graduate Workshop, and CMU's OurCS Conference.