SIAM CSE21 Broader Engagement Volunteer Opportunities

The BE mission is to expand the CSE community by supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds while also catalyzing change in the community to create a more inclusive and diverse society.

BE participants are recruited from groups underrepresented in CSE, such as women, minorities, people with disabilities, first generation scholars, and people from under-privileged backgrounds. For many BE participants, SIAM CSE21 will be their first experience at a scientific conference. Many will be undergraduate students from minority serving institutions, women’s and community colleges, or small liberal arts colleges. For some, attending SIAM CSE21 will have a dramatic impact on their future.

We are pleased to provide the CSE community opportunities to get involved, learn, and become an advocate!


A mentor is someone more knowledgeable and experienced than the protégé who guides the protégé, informally transfers knowledge, social capital, and often provides psychosocial support. Mentoring relationships are a learning and developmental partnership and typically both the mentor and the protégé derive a variety of benefits. At SIAM CSE21 the BE program will provide structured, semi-structured, and unstructured mentor-protégé activities. Some of the activities will include mentor/protégé pairings and some will not. Mentors who have been matched with a specific protégé will be asked to meet with the protégé at least once during the conference, attend the protégé’s research presentation, if applicable, and continue communication beyond the conference.


Guides lead small learning groups called “Guided Affinity Groups“. Guided Affinity GroupS (GAGS) are designed to help students get more out of SIAM CSE21 conference sessions. Led by CSE volunteer community members, learning groups explore conference topics from an entry level perspective by meeting prior to the conference session, attending the conference session together, and then meeting afterwards. BE attendees will meet with affinity group leads virtually prior to the conference and then meet daily with leads over breakfast. Each group provides a presentation on what was discovered and learned from the experience at the end of the week.

*At this time, guides have already been selected, and we are only accepting volunteer mentors. If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please send us an email at Thank you for your interest!*

Learn more: BE @CSE21 or BE Progam.