Applications for 2020 are closed. BRAID Affiliates are institutions that participate in BRAID on a one-year rotation to learn from and with Beacons and BRAID Schools while implementing the BRAID Commitments on their campuses. BRAID Affiliates are not guaranteed funding through the initiative. As of 2019, however, BRAID Affiliates will be able to apply for small grants to support on-campus efforts that act on one or more of the four BRAID Commitments.

Benefits of participation, eligibility, and selection criteria can be found below.

Benefits of Being a BRAID Affiliate

BRAID Affiliates receive access to:

  • Direct support for campus activities that fulfill the four BRAID commitments.
  • A community of Computer Science (CS) department chairs with a proven dedication to increasing participation by and success of students from underrepresented groups in their departments.
  • Leading technology companies with an interest in sharing their training and career opportunities with talent from BRAID initiative participants.
  • Current research and learning from the UCLA BRAID Research team and broadening participation in computer science experts.
  • The annual BRAID Summit at Headquarters in Belmont, CA: July 16-18, 2020.
  • Invite-only events at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, FL: September 29 – October 2, 2020.


Please read the information below very carefully before applying to become a BRAID Affiliate. You must meet the following criteria, at minimum, to be eligible to serve as a BRAID Affiliate:

  • Department chairs are required to be the main liaison for the BRAID initiative.
  • Department chairs are required to attend the annual BRAID Summit on July 16-18, 2020 at Headquarters in Belmont, CA.
  • CS departments at 2- and 4-year accredited institutions, granting CS degrees.
  • CS departments must graduate at least 20 students per year on average.
  • For-profit institutions are not eligible to apply.


In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria listed above, it is important to note that the BRAID leadership team selects BRAID Affiliates by assessing a combination of factors that include but are not limited to:

  • Availability of gender and racial/demographic data for the department.
  • Evidence of efforts made by the department writ-large to increase representation for women and underrepresented minorities in computing.
  • Evidence of the department chair’s commitment to engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Clarity of goals for participation in the BRAID Affiliate program and their alignment to the four BRAID Commitments.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of evidence-based strategies for broadening participation in computing and an ability to contribute meaningfully to the BRAID community of practice.
Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
    Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.