WHO ARE WE
SCS4ALL is a student-run, non-profit organization that works to develop a program of social and professional activities and leadership opportunities to broaden participation and interest in computing by underrepresented groups such as women, minorities, students, and teachers in K-12.
SCS4ALL is open to all students in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS) as well as any friends of SCS4ALL. We want ALL communities in SCS to feel included in shaping the organization and the events we run.
We hope to have lots of opportunities for Outreach. Students who are interested in reaching out can come to our biweekly General Meetings (see Events).
SCS4ALL has evolved from Women@SCS
While initially established (1999) for women--only the organization has expanded (at the undergraduate level) to develop more inclusive programs. Research has shown that what works well for women often works well for a broader community generally.
Diversity and Success
Being underrepresented in any field, not seeing 'people like me', can result in missing out on information and opportunities that are vital for success in that field. This can apply particularly to some genders, minorities, and people with disabilities.
Research shows that when students get involved in campus activities and find a social fit, they are more likely to find their academic fit and be successful.
Participation in Computing Fields
Computer Science is missing from most K-12 curriculum in the USA. This means many people are excluded from opportunities to learn about, and be exposed to, computing fields and careers. For data on participation in computing fields, see the CRA Taulbee Report and the NSF Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. Many communities are poorly represented in CS programs. Ultimately CS may suffer from a waste of potential talent.
Our previous website! https://www.scs4all.cs.cmu.edu/