Snap Inc. Institute for Computing Education (SICE)

Mission and Vision

Made possible from a historic gift from Snap Inc. and CSforALL's CSforED initiative, and housed within the College of Education, the mission of the Snap Inc. Institute for Computing Education (SICE) is to make high-quality, standard-aligned computer science (CS) an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students in the Los Angeles area.  

The Institute stands in strong alignment with the College of Education’s vision of preparing critical educators who co-create and enact transformative change. We challenge the ways technology perpetuates existing power structures and actively seek to transform how technology is used to reproduce systems of inequity and oppression.

Finally, we center the importance of joy as a foundational reason for engaging in CS education.  

Scope of Work 

The Institute’s work focuses on three main areas:

1. Curricular Development, Innovation, and Transformation;

2. Teaching and Transforming Computing Education through Partnerships; and

3. Robust Academic Research on our Efforts.

SICE Personnel

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Mike Karlin, PhD
SICE Director | 310-243-2706

A former pK-12 STEM teacher and education technology coach, Dr. Karlin currently supports future elementary educators on their journey to the classroom with a focus on critical, justice-oriented STEM integration. His research centers around broadening participation in STEM and computer science, as well as leveraging education technology to increase access and equity.

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Afreen Iqbal
Graduate Research Assistant

Pursuing a Masters in Cybersecurity and having two peer-reviewed research publications in the field of computer science and technology, Afreen Iqbal currently works as a research assistant for SICE and the College of Education. Afreen is passionate about bringing computer science education to students at the elementary level and helping students broaden their career path to include opportunities in computer science.

SICE in the News

CSUDH Receives Largest Single Donation in University History from Snap Inc. (CSUDH News Center)

Llega instituto para enfrentar la desigualdad educativa en Los Ángeles (La Opinión)

Snap Inc. Donation Helps Formulate A New Computer Science Curriculum To Increase Inclusivity (CSUDH Bulletin)

ED and ISTE Launch Initiative to Improve Tech Proficiency of New Teachers to Increase Digital Equity (T|H|E Journal)


SICE works in partnership with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) to help our preservice educators build the skills needed to support student success in digital environments and create lasting changes in preparing new teachers.

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SICE is housed within the College of Education on CSUDH's campus and we respectfully acknowledge that our work takes place on the land of the Tongva Peoples.