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Diversity Hackathon

The Diversity Hackathon (DivHack) is an interdisciplinary, 24-hour event that challenges students to come up with creative solutions to problems related to diversity and inclusion. The mission of the event is to stimulate dialogue about diversity and inclusion topics on TAMU campus and beyond among students, faculty and staff in a creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

DivHack challenges participants to imagine a future campus without physical, technological, digital, cultural, or psychological barriers. We want to peek into the future through the imagination and innovation of our participants. 

The College of Architecture Diversity Council has partnered with multiple campus units and student organizations over since 2014 to host hackathons, including:


Past Events

 

DivHack 2020: 50 Years of Building Inclusive Communities

The 2019-2020 academic year marked the 50th anniversary of the Texas A&M College of Architecture. As part of this celebration, the DivHack 2020 involved multiple campus units and student organizations to raise challenges to participants on topics related to diversity and inclusion. Challengers this year included the 12th Can, a student-run food pantry; Matthew Gaines Initiative; Persian Student Association; Latinx Graduate Student Association; Student Government Association - Disability Subcommission; Office of Sustainability; and the University Libraries.

 

Div Hack ‘19: Bridging Differences

In February 2019, Div Hack ‘19 asked participants “how could we better learn and appreciate the differences within our campus and communities, including social, cultural, physical, political, and religious differences?” Challengers from 2019 include University Libraries, Corps of Cadets’ Cultural Awareness and Diversity Expansion Team, Class of 2019 President, students from Visualization department, and the Matthew Gaines Initiative.

 

Hack-a-thon ‘18: Diversifying Space & Place

In February 2018, the hackathon asked for innovative ideas on how to creatively diversify spaces on the Texas A&M campus. Students were challenged to use the skills and knowledge of their disciplines to imagine the Texas A&M campus of the future, where accommodations are not add-ons and after-thoughts, but integral to the physical and digital fabric of the university.

 

TAMU Diversity Accessibility Hackathon 2017

The third hackathon focused on accessibility on the TAMU campus. The Diversity Council, the College of Education and Human Development, and TAMU Libraries joined forces to hold the event. Students were challenged to imagine a future campus without physical, technological, digital, cultural or psychological barriers.

 

B/CS Diversity Open Data Build Day: 2016

The first event was a success, so in 2016 the partners organized a second iteration: Bryan/College Station Diversity Build Day, rebranded to attract more architecture students. The event challenged students to identify ways to increase inclusion in our community, engaging the City of Bryan, the City of College Station and local stakeholders.

 

Diversity Open Data Hackathon: 2014

In 2014, a small group of architecture students, led by Bara Safarova, suggested that the college organize a hackathon to visualize publicly-available data related to diversity that are held by TAMU. The Diversity Council together with the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries provided funding for prizes and other resources to deliver the first Diversity Hackathon. The event challenged student teams to produce visualizations of publicly available datasets collected by Texas A&M’s Data and Research Services.