Announces 2019 BRAID Affiliate Schools to Support Women and Minority Students in Computing Programs is proud to announce its five Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) affiliate schools, in its fifth-year: Boston University, Colorado State University, Kean University, Temple University, and University of Melbourne.

BRAID Affiliates are institutions that have committed to increasing the diversity of their computing departments but do not receive funding through the BRAID initiative. Affiliates participate in BRAID for one year, during which time they learn best practices from BRAID schools.

The BRAID initiative, co-led by and Harvey Mudd College, is done in partnership with 15 universities across the nation. BRAID provides support to computer science (CS) departments to help increase the percentage of women and underrepresented minority students in their undergraduate computing programs. Participants implement successful, tested strategies developed at BRAID Beacon Schools — institutions leading the way in gender diversity within their CS departments.

“BRAID is one of our Project 365 programs having an impact all year long and we appreciate the Affiliate institutions that are committed to increasing diversity in their computing departments,” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of “Together, we are connecting, inspiring and guiding women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. We can and must have 50/50 parity for women in tech by 2025.”

About is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to increasing the representation of women technologists in the global workforce. engages with tens of thousands of women and leading organizations around the world to build diverse and inclusive workplace cultures. Founded in 1997 by our namesake, computer science visionary Anita Borg, our organization works toward a future where the teams that create technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.

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