ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
Our Corporate Supporters
We are very grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors. At present, ACM-W has funding from Oracle (through Oracle Academy), Microsoft Research, and Google for our scholarships, from Google for the Athena Lecturer Award, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations and for community college related activities. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.
Letter from ACM-W chair
Welcome to the May, 2017, issue of ACM-W Connections.
This month, the Celebrations Committee has a report from MinneWiC, the upper Midwest (U.S.) Celebration event. The Chapters Committee provides their monthly activity tip, focusing this time on the connection between chapters and celebration events.
The report from ACM-W Europe is full of announcements of upcoming events and initiatives across Europe, as well as a report from the first ACM Celebration in Belgrade! We hope in coming issues to have reports from the other recent events in Spain, UK, and Ukraine.
The Scholarship committee report announces the recipients of the most recent funding cycle. You can read about the 5 scholars who will be attending conferences this summer!
Also related to scholarships, we thank SIGEVO, the ACM SIG on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation for recognizing our ACM-W scholarship program in their recent newsletter (Volume 9, Issue 2). We awarded 6 scholarships to students who attended GECCO 16. SIGEVO paired each student with a conference mentor, a practice which can significantly enhance the student’s conference experience. The newsletter includes excerpts from 5 of the 6 scholarship recipients. We appreciate tremendously SIGEVO’s long time support of the scholarship program.
Meanwhile, looking ahead to the June issue of Connections, I’ll be saying goodbye after 5 years of chairing ACM-W, and turning over leadership to Jodi Tims. It will be my chance to reflect on what we’ve done in the last 5 years, and Jodi’s opportunity to write about her priorities and interests as she moves ACM-W forward.
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
Featured News From ACM-W Uganda
This February the ACM-W group in Uganda organized its first outreach into Kenya and, accordingly, was much welcomed by many rural women in western Kenya. This first, historical class was held outside the town of Malaba, Kenya, where many rural women, from various part of the region, traveled to attend the class.
ACM-W IN UGANDA APPEALED TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR COMPUTERS AND COMPUTER TEACHERS, AND GOT BOTH!
Following an appeal for aid in its effort to teach rural women computers, the ACM-W group in Uganda was able to get volunteers from Michigan, USA, who also carried three laptops for the effort. Erik Lovell is a computer and social media expert from Michigan. He traveled to Uganda with his wife, Vicky, both of whom taught women in both Ugandan villages and in Kenya. Erik told the women that they needed to learn computer so that they can connect with the international community for various opportunities. He further demonstrated that their villages are indeed connected to the internet when he called his virtual assistant on Skype in the presence of these Kenya rural women. The virtual assistant was in the Philippines.
This was amazing to the rural women, who vowed to make computers part of the Kenyan culture, thanks to ACM-W. On the other hand, his wife, Vicky, got down to teaching the rudimentary computer skills to the rural women, that is, how to push the power button, how to open the computer applications, how to write, how to save, and how to shut down, amidst many questions from the Kenyan women, who had to talk through a translator, one Catherine, from Uganda, who traveled to Kenya with other volunteers to participate in this maiden class.
IN SUM, the chapter has been able to streamline its regular rural outreach in Uganda, and is now attempting to do so in Kenya, and is considering opening classes in Rwanda. The chapter will continued to drum up support internationally, locally, and from local governments for this noble effort. The chapter is grateful to the unwavering support it gets from Stawa University and from ACM-W Chair(USA). ( The photos were taken in rural Kenya and rural Uganda during ACM-W computer classes).
Why You Should Join ACM-W
If you think it is important to recruit and retain as many women as possible in the computing field, you should join ACM-W! Together, we will help celebrate, inform and support women in computing:
- Celebrate: One of the most popular ways to celebrate women in computing is by starting and/or attending an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing; the accomplishments of women in computing are at the heart of ACM-W's e-Newsletter. And ACM-W encourages its members to celebrate the work of prominent women by nominating them for Awards -- such as the Athena Award & Lecture -- as well as ACM Advanced Grade Membership.
- Inform: Via ACM-W's student scholarship program, young women are informed about the research going on, and become acquainted with the researchers, in their field. Members of ACM-W Student Chapters are informed about the educational and career opportunities available to them.
- Support: Lend your enthusiasm, inspiration, and support to ACM-W, and help make a difference in the global computing community!
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