The College of Computing and Informatics is dedicated to actively engaging students, faculty, staff and community members in learning activities that can expand perspectives, enrich viewpoints and help us learn about people who are different from ourselves. Offering college events and sharing information about other events on campus are ways in which we celebrate diversity in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Arab Amercian Heritage Month (April)

April 8th, 7pm, Student Activity Center (3rd Floor): Ramadan Kareem Iftar Party, everyone welcomed!

Women’s History month (March)

March 12th, 11am-11:45am, Lucas Room (Cone): Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, Informal meet & greet

Informal meet and greet! Please join this informal meeting to engage in casual conversation with Dr. Fay Cobb Payton before her talk. All invited! Meet & greet Registration is not required, but appreciated.

12pm-1pm, Lucas Room (Cone): Featured Seminar Speaker: Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, Checking Boxes in Tech and Engineering Environments

Seminar talk Registration is not required, but appreciated.

March 15th, 7:30am-8:30am breakfast/networking; 8:30am-11:30am Inspire Inclusion (mini conference co-hosted by Charlotte SIM Women)

Free event and everyone is invited! Industry partners, students, faculty, and staff!

Registration for the Inspire Inclusion mini-conference.

March 16th, 8am-8pm, Girls Who Code Charlotte hosts Axe Hacks Beginner Friendly Hackathon

To participate, register here.

March 21st, 8am-5pm, UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Women in Data Science Conference (free)

Registration is required

March 26th, Student Union Theater, CCI Cinema featuring the film On the Basis of Sex

Free to all! No registration required

Black history month (february)

  • February 16th, 10am-11:30am, Student Union 340DEF: Featured Seminar Speaker: Dr. Juan E. Gilbert Lunch with students at 12pm in Student Union 340DEF Dr. Gilbert was honored by President Joe Biden with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for pioneering a universal voting system to ensure voting is more reliable and accessible for all.
  • February 23rd, 1:30pm-2:30pm: CCI Book Club All are welcome for a casual discussion of the book My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • February 23rd, 9:00am-4:00pm: #YouBelong2: Navigating Graduate Education, hosted by the Black Research Support Network. The Black Research Support Network (BRSN) is a project that addresses racial barriers and inequities faced by Black undergraduate students in the field of computer science. There continues to be a small number of people from racially underrepresented groups who apply, enroll, and matriculate from graduate computing and engineering programs. This workshop will provide insight to diverse students about graduate education in computing and engineering. This conference is open to all students, advocates, and allies. There will be featured speakers that include Dr. Benjamin Harvey, Founder and CEO of AI Squared and Dr. Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, Associate Professor in  Human-Centered Computing Department in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). You will hear from current PhD students from different institutions. Food is provided. Registration required.

Past Events (2023)

November is Native American Heritage Month

November 27th- Accion De Gracias con DALE Y NASA: A celebration of Native American and Latine Cultures with authentic food and dance performances by The Carolina’s Latin Dance Company

Student Union 340G, 6:00pm-8:00pm (hosted by the Native American Student Association and DALE- Dancing Association for Latine Expression) RSVP required

November 28th- Takake & Atakude (Hello & Gather) for Catawba Nation Talk

Cone 113, 4:30pm-5:30pm (sponsored by the Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement and the Catawba Cultural Center.)

CCI Equity & Inclusion Committee Inaugural Book Club! December 1, 2023, 2pm, Halton Reading Room in Atkins Library.

Black Research Support Network: Black Feminist Epistemologies as Critical Frameworks in Computing

Fleurix Conference: CCI is proud to be a sponsor of The Fleurix conference! Fleurix will be held in Charlotte on October 19th at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. between 9am-4pm (the time will be confirmed soon by the event organizers). This conference celebrates women+ in technology. It’s a wonderful networking and professional opportunity for women+ technologists from high school through women+ in professional fields. This conference has brought together over 400 people in past years. 

Interested in attending? Apply for a free registration provided by CCI! Number of registrations are limited so please complete the form as soon as possible. UPDATE: Thank you for the huge response! Applications have been closed.

CCI Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: What is the Hispanic Heritage Month:
The Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration of the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latine people. It is observed annually from September 15 to October 15. The dates were chosen to coincide with the independence days of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua (September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18).

There are many ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Some people attend festivals, concerts, and other cultural events. Others learn about Hispanic history and culture by reading books, watching movies, or visiting museums. There are even those who volunteer their time to help Hispanic communities. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the rich and diverse heritage of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

  • The theme for this year is “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America.”
  • The month was first proclaimed as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.
  • It was expanded to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
  • Over 60 million Hispanic and Latinx people are living in the United States.
  • Hispanics and Latines are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States.
  • Hispanics and Latines have significantly contributed to American culture, politics, and society.

CCI Celebrates National Coming out day. In celebration of National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ+ History Month, CCI will be screening the film “The Imitation Game” in Woodward 106. We would like to thank the generous sponsorship of Out In Tech, Charlotte LGBTQ+ Alumni and the LGBTQ+ Graduate Coalition.


Liz Johnson, Ed D. (she, her, hers) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Managing Editor, Journal on Policy & Complex Systems.

Zach Anderson is Charlotte Alumni and a member of Out in Tech.

Yash Tadimalla is a CCI PhD student, member of Out in Tech and GPSG President.

Lance Peterman is adjunct faculty and works full-time in CyberSecurity.