LEAP Alliance


The goal of the NSF-funded Diversifying LEAdership in the Professoriate (LEAP) Alliance is to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field. In particular, the problem that we address is stark and straightforward: only 4.3% of the current tenure-track faculty in computing at these universities are from underrepresented groups.

The LEAP Alliance solution is equally stark and straightforward: we intentionally bring together the very small number of departments responsible for producing the majority of the professoriate with individuals and organizations that understand how to recruit, retain, and develop students from underrepresented groups in order to create a network that can quickly and radically change the demographic diversity of the professoriate across the entire field.

Participating institutions in LEAP are:

  • Georgia Tech
  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • Cornell University
  • University of Washington
  • Princeton University
  • University of Texas at Austin