What is the BUILD Summit?

Due to COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), BUILD Summit 2020 is postponed.

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 invites 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.


Celebrating BUILD Summit 2018

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

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


More than 100 i3 students and alumni

More than 30 colleges and universities from across the country

10 industry-leading companies

5 foundations and funding agencies



100% positive ratings of BUILD Summit experience

100% likely to attend future i3 events

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