CISE Celebrates Black History Month

The University of Florida Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) celebrates Black History Month by spotlighting the achievements in diversity among faculty and students.

“Our diversity in CISE makes us all better. Our students, faculty, alumni and all members of the CISE family benefit from working with and interacting with people from all walks of life,” said Juan Gilbert, The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and department chair.

According to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), CISE employs twice the national average of black faculty members in computer science programs and 10 times the national average of enrolled black students.

Nearly 14 percent of the department’s Ph.D. students are black. The department excels among computer science departments with the highest number of black faculty members and the highest number of tenure-track black women faculty, according to ASEE.

CISE is committed to increasing diversity in the department and the industry. In 2017, the department became a BRAID (Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity) Affiliate, an initiative that aims to increase diversity among undergraduate majors in computer science departments, with particular attention to women and racial/ethnic minorities.