The Association of Multicultural Computer Scientists is a club whose main objective is to create a special community within the Computer Science department at Purdue University in order to foster equity in the Computer Science department. The organization will work to increase retention, support and push members to excel academically and grow professionally. We do this by providing resources and guidance through our events and programs.
The Diversity Panel is an annual event where software engineers from different tech companies who belong to minority groups in technology come together to talk about their experiences in the industry. They give students advice on on how to approach different situations they may face in a corporate setting because of their backgrounds. The panel is followed by a meet and greet dinner where the students get to interact with the panelists and get to know them better.
Spring Coding Challenge
At the Spring Coding Challenge students of all grades are presented with questions from our sponsors through HackerRank that would allow them to enhance their technical skills for better performance in technical interviews. The competition is divided into two groups dependent on whether the students completed their 6 CS Core classes: Freshmen/ Sophomores, and Juniors & above (including graduate students). Two winners are chosen from each group and Professor Gustavo presents the 4 winners with prizes, such as drones, PS4, a smart TV, etc!
One of our socials is the new member retreat that occurs bi-annually. In this retreat, our newest members are introduced to the rest of the club through several ice-breakers and games. Another event we host several times throughout the year are brunches and dinners. Members are invited to eat brunch and get to know each other outside the academic setting to help each other grow to be well rounded individuals.
Movie at Wabash
The movie night at Wabash is our annual event where all students in the Computer Science department have the opportunity to buy a 50% off ticket to a movie picked by AMCS. This usually happens in the fall semester. It ALWAYS sells out, so make sure to grab yours quick! Movies in the previous years have been Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), Venom (2018), and Thor Ragnarok (2017).
Board Game Night
AMCS and the Graduate Student Board co-host a board game social for all CS students. This social offers a chance for undergraduate and graduate students to network over dinner which is something they generally wouldn't be able to do in a classroom setting. Besides dinner, we provide over 20 board games and participants are encouraged to bring in their own board games they'd like people to play as well. For both the undergraduate students and graduate students, it's a great opportunity to learn more about each other, what their passions are, and why they chose the path that they did.
Other events we've had in the past were a treasure hunt where participants received Google swag bags, a bowling night with Salesforce, an interview prep event with Microsoft, and more! We are trying to think of more events where students can mingle with recruiters while having fun! Being a member of AMCS allows you to help organize, plan, and have the first pick at RSVPing for all these networking events!