About Float

Float (Yale Women and Gender Minorities in CS) was founded in 2013 by a group of Yale students who recognized a severe gender gap in the computer science community, and wanted to encourage students who might otherwise be daunted by coding to learn and develop technical skills. To that end, Float hosted a series of HTML and web development workshops on campus (all student-taught) in its first few years, which were very successful. Many Yalies wrote their first computer program through Float's events.

In the time since then, Float has shifted its focus towards broader goals of encouraging students to explore computer science courses, retaining students in the major, and building community. We host study and support groups, teach free workshops, bring speakers to campus, organize lunches with professors, sponsor trips to conferences, coordinate dinners with women in the industry, liaise with the computer science department and alumni, and more. Most importantly, we enable students to build relationships with each other—and what naturally follows is a more welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for students to succeed. 

Float celebrates all underrepresented gender minorities, including trans, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals.

In the news

A programming parity - Yale Daily News, 01/29/2016

CS town hall addresses diversity - Yale Daily News, 01/29/2016

CS department sponsors students at women at women tech conference - Yale Daily News, 10/27/2016

Student group fosters gender diversity in CS - Yale Daily News, 10/28/2016


What are requirements for being a member?

There is no expectation for your level of experience coming in as a member of Float. In terms of time commitment, you are expected to be able to attend all of our bi-weekly socials (Float membership-wide event, every two weeks) and sign up to help plan one of our events with the guidance of the Float board.

Do I have to be a CS major to be a Float member/attend Float events?

No. While we suggest that you are taking/have taken a computer science course at Yale to become a member, anyone interested in computing or involved in a related major can join! Our public events are available to any member of the Yale community.

Float seems awesome! I'm interested in becoming a part of the team. How can I get more involved?

Float operates on a semesterly recruitment cycle—you can become a member at the beginning of every semester. Submit this form to start the process for becoming a member in Fall 2018. (Registration closes at 11:59PM, Wed., Sep. 20.) Otherwise, please email floatyale@gmail.com to subscribe to our panlist and get updated on all the events going on and find out how to get involved.