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 March issue of ACM-W Connections.
Our first news item comes from OCWiC, the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing. Along with a report on the recent event, the OCWiC organizers are also announcing the formation of the Ohio Community of Women in Computing. This will provide a way for women in computing in Ohio to stay connected throughout the year. We look forward to hearing much more from them as this effort moves forward.
The Chapters Committee has provided an interesting how-to article on a mentoring project being run by the ACM-W chapter at Drexel University. This projected was funded by the Google grant, managed by NCWIT, that focuses on increasing the number of U.S.-based ACM-W chapters.
The Scholarships Committee has sent in a report on the latest group of recipients. It’s a large group of students who will be attending a very interesting range of conferences.
The report from ACM-W Europe includes a report from the recent Celebration in Perm, Russia, and a list of the many upcoming celebration events across Europe.
Finally, ACM-W was invited to participate in a one-day symposium at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan. They had received funding by the Japan Science and Technology Agency to promote women in research. We reached out to Catherine Lang, Associate Professor at La Trobe University in Australia. Catherine has had a very long involvement with ACM-W, and she was happy to accept our invitation to represent us at the event. Joined in a session by representatives from IEEE Women in Engineering and CRA-W, Catherine made a presentation about ACM-W. She reported that there was considerable interest in ACM-W activities, so hopefully we will see an increase in the number of chapters we have there.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming Celebration near you! We’re heading into a very busy season with events coming up in the Philippines, Kentucky, New England, Michigan, New York City, and Oregon & Washington – and that’s just between now and April 8. Thanks for your continued support for and interest in ACM-W!
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
Two hundred women studying computer science at 40 universities and colleges across Ohio were among the record-setting 300 attendees of OCWiC 2017 who gathered at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron on February 24th & 25th. Community college, undergraduate and graduate students were able to connect with other female students, meet women mentors from industry, learn about career challenges and job opportunities, and advance their technical knowledge.
Keynote talks were highlights of the conference for many attendees. Dr. Margaret Burnett spoke about her 10 years of research on gender-inclusive software, specifically the GenderMag project. She is a Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and an ACM CHI Academy member. Ruthe Farmer's talk was titled "Championing Change: Building the Movement for Computer Science for All". Her career since 2001 has been focused on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy implementing programs related to President Obama's call to action for Computer Science for All, and she previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
The two-day event offered a full-schedule of activities. Panel sessions focused on the diversity of career options for women in industry, academia and research. A career fair allowed students to talk directly with industry sponsors about internship and job opportunities. The student research poster competition was a way for students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills, while competing for prizes. Winners in the undergraduate and graduate student categories won scholarships to the 2017 Grace Hopper conference in Florida in October. Informal birds-of-a-feather sessions, workshops, and technical papers allowed students to learn about efforts to improve diversity, teach computer science to youth, and gain technical skills from their female peers. Friday evening events concluded with a dance party, complete with games and a photo booth.
OCWiC 2017 concluded with an announcement of the formation of a new project, the Ohio Community of Women in Computing. This new community will serve as a resource and clearinghouse for companies, schools, and clubs that want to broaden participation in computing and provide ongoing activity and support for Ohio women in computing between Celebration events. Learn more about this exciting new venture by visiting our website, http://www.ocwic.org.
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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