Diversity in CS Speaker Series welcomes Comeup Collective

Panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Cynthia Lee
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 5:00pm to Friday, February 5, 2021 - 4:55pm
The Comeup Collective
Abstract / Description: 

Register to join us for a panel discussion featuring The Comeup Collective. The collective features four first-generation Black Stanford alumni (Class of 2020) who share their professional and academic experiences on their podcast of the same name. We are honored to have them for a discussion and Q&A moderated by Cynthia Lee.




Mekhi Jones is a Software Engineer at Nuro, a transplant from the recently acquired Ike from Cincinnati, Ohio. While at Stanford, Mekhi studied computer science with a concentration in AI, and held summer internships at Google and Infosys. He also worked at BEAM, Mind over Money, and 5-Sure during his time on campus. While being involved in and leading a number of VSOs, including Bhangra, Black in CS and FLIP, and the non-profit The Phoenix Scholars. Thanks to being a remote worker, he now lives in New York City for the start of Season 2 of the Comeup Collective podcast with his co-hosts.

Mamadou Diallo is currently a Software Engineer at Gusto, a payroll platform that helps small businesses take care of their people. While at Stanford, Mamadou spent time as a TA for a course on intergroup communication, mentor coordinator for the First-Generation Low-Income office, and a student ambassador for the CS Forum. Mamadou spent his summers interning at various companies, Lockheed Martin, JP Morgan Chase, and Upande, a tech startup in Nairobi Kenya. Mamadou originally hails from Conakry, Guinea and currently resides in his home city of Brooklyn, NY.

Garry Archbold While at Stanford, Garry pursued a B.S. in Science, Technology and Society and conducted research in the way street smarts manifests itself in the way humans use technology. Outside of his coursework, he served as a teaching assistant for PSYCH 103: Intergroup Communication and the Polemarch of the Lambda Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. In between school years, he interned at Facebook, Palantir and New Schools Venture Fund. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Garry moved to Italy to live with his brother. While there, he was a product/implementation manager intern at a startup called Loris.ai that focuses on using AI to fortify customer service interactions with empathy. Upon completing his internship, he was offered a full-time position as a customer experience manager and is now moving back to the states.

Sheck Mulbah is a 5th year student finishing up his Political Science degree at Stanford. While on campus, Sheck was heavily involved with the First-Generation and Low-income Office, the Black Community Service Center, Stanford?s Bicycle Project, and many other clubs. While leading multiple BVSOs, Sheck simultaneously committed himself to service throughout the Bay Area. Whether working at food kitchens, fixing community gardens in San Jose, or attending College Fairs in Oakland, Sheck was dedicated to giving back to the residents of the Bay. Regarding work experience, he spent his summers exploring various industry verticals. As a freshman, Sheck interned at a tech company in Harlem as a Community Relations intern. As a sophomore, he spent his time with NBCUniversal on the marketing team for new films. The following year, Sheck interned at Citibank and received a full-time offer to become a Commercial Banker. Sheck is expected to start work in July of 2021.

Cynthia Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Stanford. She specializes in team-based and question-based course design, and founded peerinstruction4cs.org to support educators in flipping their computer science classrooms using peer instruction. Her teaching awards include the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for exceptional contributions to undergraduate education at Stanford, a "Top 10 Papers of All Time" award at the 50th anniversary of the ACM SIGCSE technical symposium, and the Stanford Society of Women Engineers' Professor of the Year. She has a PhD in high-performance computing from UC San Diego. Her industry work experience includes NASA Ames and startups.