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As humans, we are designed to live in community. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Romans 12:4-5). We believe it is of critical importance to build community within a computer science program, first of all because it is part of God's calling for us. In addition, building communit allows us to equip students with the interpersonal skills that they need for a productive career, and to attract and retain students in computer science programs, particularly female, ethnically diverse, and economically disadvantaged students. We outline our philosophy, and give examples of strategies we have employed and activities we have organized to build community. We present results that show our efforts to build community are having a positive effect on our students.



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