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 both Oracle (through Oracle Academy) and Google for our scholarship program and Athena Lecturer Award, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.
Letter from ACM-W chair
Welcome to the August, 2015, issue of ACM-W Connections. As promised last month, I want to begin reporting on some of the changes and initiatives that we discussed at the Council meeting. I am very excited that we are making some changes to the structure of ACM-W. As our programs have expanded, the job of being ACM-W Chair has also grown. It is with delight (and relief!) that I can announce that we have created a Vice Chair position and Jodi Tims (Baldwin Wallace University) will take on that role. Jodi’s name is likely familiar to many of you as she has been leading the ACM-W Celebrations project for the last several years. Jodi has been an incredible support to me since we began working together, and I look forward to continuing and expanding our efforts as she takes on her new role as Vice Chair.
In her own report, Jodi will have more to say about Wendy Powley (Queens University) who will be taking over leadership of the Celebrations project. I will just note here that Wendy has been a real stalwart champion of ACM-W and I am thrilled that she’s agreed to take on greater responsibility to continue the success and growth of ACM-W Celebrations.
In other news, we have recently decided to sponsor three activities by other groups. This will be our third year as a Bronze Sponsor of WiCyS, the Women in Cybersecurity conference. It is a fabulous event, attracting many students. Please pass along information to women you know who are in or might be developing an interest in cybersecurity.
Following on our decision in June to support the TechKobwa summer program for girls in Rwanda, we have made a modest contribution to Stawa University in Uganda. The university is committed to improving science education among women and girls in East Africa and is developing a mobile classroom that will allow them to take computing education into rural areas. The university is also planning to start an ACM-W chapter which will be our third in Africa.
Finally, we will be a Silver Sponsor of LATINiTY, the Latin American Women in Technology Conference, taking place in Santiago, Chile, in November.
In this issue of ACM-W Connections there is news from Chapters, Celebrations, and Scholarships. There is also a lot of exciting news about the womENcourage, the upcoming ACM-W Europe Celebration of Women in Computing. Next month we will have more news about ACM-W changes and some other announcements as we kick off a new academic year. Thanks, as always, for supporting ACM-W and women in computing.
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
Check out news from celebrations, scholarships, chapters and our international partners in Europe and India in the August 2015 issue of ACM-W Connections.
ACM-W Celebrations Transitions to a New Year
As Valerie announced in her opening remarks, I am pleased to welcome Wendy Powley (Queens University, Ontario, CA) to the role of ACM-W Celebrations chair. Wendy has been deeply involved with the project, having been a lead organizer of the Ontario Celebration (ONCWiC) for several years. Wendy was instrumental in the effort to combine previous regional Celebrations in Canada to create the All Canada Celebration (CAN-CWiC), which will be held for the first time in January 2016. Wendy also has been a part of the Celebrations committee during the 2014-2015 academic year as communications chair, a role she will now be seeking to fill (any interested readers?).
I have mixed emotions personally as I step out of the role of Celebrations chair and into the newly created role of ACM-W Vice Chair. The past few years have seen rapid growth of the project and I anticipate more growth in the coming years, particularly on the international front. It has been fun and rewarding to meet and interact with all of the Celebrations coordinators and each has enriched my experience in some way.
I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my committee – Rachelle Hippler (survey coordinator, Bowling Greens – Firelands), Martha Kosa (branding and swag coordinator, Tennessee Tech) and Wendy Powley. I would not have been able to manage the project were it not for the tireless efforts of these women and am confident that the project is in good hands going forward. I also want to thank Valerie Barr and Gloria Townsend for giving me the opportunity to be Celebrations chair back in 2012.
As I look forward to my new role as Vice Chair, I am excited about the many possibilities that exist for ACM-W as we continue to find new ways to support, celebrate, and advocate for women in the computing field. The opportunity to partner with Valerie in this effort is truly exciting!
Finally, I encourage you to visit the Celebrations web page (http://women.acm.org/celebrations) and see the numerous events that are being planned for the 2015-2016 academic year. Return to the page from time to time as information will be added as it becomes known.
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 Blog. 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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