The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) will host the first annual BUILD Summit at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information on July 12-13, 2018. The BUILD Summit will bring together representatives from higher education, philanthropic organizations, government, and industry to promote inclusion, leadership, and diversity in the fields of information and computing. Attendees will be able to:

  • Connect with members of the philanthropic and government funding communities to discuss strategic goals and priorities
  • Discuss research and collaboration opportunities with faculty and researchers
  • Network with and recruit students for graduate study, internships, and full-time positions
  • Create long-lasting communities of individuals committed to promoting diversity and inclusion

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From “bolted-on” to “built-in”: The BUILD Summit highlights the need to build successful diversity initiatives into organizations. As former UPMC and current Twitter VP of Diversity and Inclusion Candi Castleberry-Singleton points out, “…emerging research suggests, the key to progress is to identify and leave behind practices such as bolt-on diversity training and hiring — which increase tension — and do more with those, such as relationship building and truly integrated inclusion management, that enhance liking and a commitment to change.” A “built-in” approach, however, dismantles diversity efforts that are supplemental or experienced by general employees as something “extra” and instead integrates diversity into the core business practices and very identity of corporate and academic institutions. The BUILD Summit serves as a forum for participants to learn, connect, and collaboratively transition from “bolted-on” to “built-in” approaches to inclusion.

The BUILD Summit transforms what has previously been the i3 closing ceremony where i3 scholars present their year-long research, into a summit inviting multiple stakeholders to the table to address large-scale challenges and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion in computing and information. SCI has empirically evaluated successful interventions in this space and this summit provides an opportunity to lead the charge.

The 2018 BUILD Summit is organized by the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) in partnership with:






BUILD Summit Schedule

Pre-Summit Activities: July 12

  • Attendees arriving on Thursday, July 12 are welcome to attend i3 Scholar research project presentations, which will be held in the School of Computing and Information (135 N. Bellefield Avenue).
  • A pre-summit meet and greet event will be held for attendees at Bridges Restaurant and Lounge at the Wyndham Hotel University Center on July 12, 7:00-9:00 PM
BUILD2018|July 13: All events will be held in the School of Computing and Information (135 N. Bellefield Avenue)
8:00 - 9:00Registration & Refreshments | 3rd Floor
9:00 - 9:50Welcome & Keynote Address | 3rd Floor

Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, University of Pittsburgh
9:50 - 10:00Break
10:00 - 10:50Alumni Panel: Underrepresented Experiences in Graduate Study and Information Careers | 3rd Floor

Kristen Bowen, PhD Student, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Library and Information Science
Clea Counts, Children's Librarian, New York Public Library
Katelynn Dreeze, Product and Application Support Specialist, ITHAKA
Oliver Haimson, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, School of Information
Jamar Smith, zAnalytics Data Scientist, IBM
Jonathan Velez, Software Architect, Ariel Precision Medicine
10:50 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:30Funding Organization Roundtable: Identifying Objectives and Priorities | Room 501

Funding organizations will present and discuss their strategic goals with faculty and researchers

Fay Cobb Payton (Moderator), Program Director in Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE); Division of Computer and Network Systems, National Science Foundation
Elizabeth S. Boylan, Program Director, STEM Higher Education, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Valerie Florance, Associate Director for Extramural Programs, National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health
Patricia Hswe, Program Officer, Scholarly Communications, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Industry Partner Career Paths | 3rd Floor

Industry partners will meet with students to discuss career paths and opportunities.

BNY Mellon
Dick's Sporting Goods
PNC Bank
Vicom Infinity
Virtustream - Dell Technologies
12:30 - 1:45Lunch | 3rd Floor
1:45 - 3:00Making the Invisible Visible: Leveraging Interventions for Greater Impact | Room 501

Faculty and researchers will meet to discuss ways to address and recognize invisible labor that is often performed by members of underrepresented populations.

Kayla Booth (Moderator), Assistant Director of the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Computing and Information
Joe Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Queens College, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Lynette Yarger, Associate Professor, Penn State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Elizabeth Yakel, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Information, University of Michigan, School of Information
Professional Development Workshops (Session 1):

Financial Planning & Management | Room 404
Brady Peterson, Financial Advisor, Larson Financial

Improv Lessons for Real Life | Room 403
Brian Sutorius, Technology Consultant

Audience: i3 Scholars and alumni
3:00 - 3:15Break
3:15 - 4:45Putting the Pieces Together: Unmet Needs & Brainstorming Solutions | Room 501

i3 leadership and partner schools will discuss its successful model of broadening participation and identify ways to formalize partnerships to enhance scalability

Charles Senteio (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information
Elizabeth Eikey, Postdoctoral Fellow for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), University of California, Irvine, Department of Informatics
Jason Gines, Director, Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement, Penn State University, College of Information Sciences & Technology
Warren Rosenberg, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, The College of Westchester

Professional Development Workshops (Session 2):

Financial Planning & Management | Room 404
Brady Peterson, Financial Advisor, Larson Financial

Improv Lessons for Real Life | Room 403
Brian Sutorius, Technology Consultant

Audience: i3 Scholars and alumni
4:45 - 5:00Break
5:00 - 7:00Closing Ceremony & Dinner Reception | 3rd Floor



BUILD attendees are invited to stay at the Wyndham Hotel University Center, which is located in the heart of the Oakland neighborhood and is a short walk from the School of Computing and Information.

Wyndham Hotel University Center
100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Group Block Dates: July 12-14
Group Name: 2018 BUILD Summit
Group Code: 07126841BS

The deadline to book to get the group rate is Monday, June 18.

If booking outside the group arrival dates, contact: Mara Cerro ( or Gabby Gassman (