Community Engaged CS

CS 186-02 • Fall 2019

Guest Speakers

Want to share your expertise and experiences with an extremely diverse set of beginner-level students majoring in CS? Being a guest speaker for this course is a low-barrier way to become involved and give back to the community!


Attendance is mandatory for our (up to 15) registered students.

The registered students are incoming first-year CS majors. The overwhelming majority of these students are from underrepresented backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, and economic status). Some students may not yet have prior experience in CS.

We can also invite up to another 15 non-registered CS students to participate.


We are extremely flexible on both the format and content of guest speaker events, however we especially encourage content designed for a diverse set of beginner-level students at the very start of their degrees.

Events may be in-person or virtual. Both in-person and virtual events have the option of being recorded. Recordings can be distributed privately to students or publicly.


We are able to arrange for events that range anywhere between 20 minutes to 90 minutes in length. However, events must occur within the class time of 4:45pm to 6:20pm on Mondays between August 26th to December 2nd, 2019.


We are able to accommodate a range of advertising options.

For example, for events for registered students only, we can list the event anonymously as “Guest Speaker” our public course schedule and share additional details on our private site.

For events open to non-registered students, we can announce the event on our CS Twitter account, print flyers, advertise on our CS student mailing list, and post the event on the University-wide calendar.


Beyond the intangible benefits associated with this type of service, speakers will receive a formal thank you letter. We can also provide free on-campus parking and a small honorarium through our grant to offset other local travel expenses.

 About USFCS

The University of San Francisco is a non-profit liberal arts Jesuit university. Undergraduates must take courses in philosophy and ethics, service learning, and cultural diversity as part of their core curriculum. USF is ranked 3rd in student diversity in the nation.

The Department of Computer Science at USF has a strong, inclusive community that includes the ACM student group, Women in Tech (WIT), Diversineers, and CS Tutoring Center. We host many events throughout the year, such as CS Night and the Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon.

Thanks to our donors and grant funding, we also regularly send our students to the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.