At the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, we are committed to increasing diversity; increasing participation of underrepresented groups; promoting an inclusive climate and sense of belonging for students, staff, and faculty; and promoting equitable policies across the College. The newly created CIS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will play a critical role in achieving these goals. Funding for the office has been generously provided by the Hopper-Dean Foundation.

David Bindel, Associate Professor of Computer Science, serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and began his three-year term on January 1, 2021. Professor Bindel, currently serving as the Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM), has been recognized with multiple prestigious awards for his research in scientific computing. Among his honors, he has received the KDD Best Research Paper Award, the ASPLOS Most Influential Paper Award, the SIAM LA Best Paper award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Householder Award. His teaching, which has also received multiple awards, includes courses on “Numerical Methods for Data Science,” “Matrix Computations,” and “Applications of Parallel Computers.” As a member of the CIS community, David has been leading initiatives to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse Ph.D. students and to promote an inclusive climate for all students, starting with his 2017-18 efforts as CS Ph.D. admissions chair.

Dr. LeeAnn Roberts serves as the inaugural Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science starting January 19, 2021. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Roberts served as Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Roberts joined the UCF CECS office shortly after earning her doctorate in educational leadership in 2013, and in the subsequent seven years there, she developed a range of partnerships and programs to pivot the CECS office from serving primarily K-12 students to serving the students, faculty, and staff within the college, and particularly the 13,000 undergraduate students.


To learn more about Diversity & Inclusion in Computing and Information Science, please visit Values of Inclusion and Antiracism Task Force.