(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 monthly; speakers from industry and academia are invited to come and shaire 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."

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 March. 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.


GIRLsmarts is a one-day computer science workshop for grade 6 and 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.

The 2017 workshops were held on January 28, February 4, February 11. Over 300 girls attended the workshops. Various activities were presented, including HTML, Programming, Music and Technology, Social Gaming, Computer Hardware and Human Computer Interaction. While each of these activities has been held previously, each is improved each year based on input from last years participants and new technology available.

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.