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 issue of ACM-W Connections.
This month we have updates from Chapters, Celebrations, ACM-W India, and ACM-W Europe. The report from our first New York City Celebration gives an overview of the event – I was there and can attest that it was a great event with tremendous enthusiasm. It was clear that the participants (faculty, students, practitioners) were all excited to participate in an event of that kind. The next week I was at NYCWiC, the upstate New York Celebration and I expect we’ll have a report on that in the June Connections.
Where’s ACM-W This Month?
Many ACM-W volunteers will be at the NCWIT Summit (probably while you are reading this!). It will be a chance to meet with various of our volunteers and also confer with our NCWIT partners with whom we continue to work on the project to increase the number of ACM-W Chapters. Wendy Powley (Celebrations) and Gloria Townsend (Chapters) will be blogging for Blog@CACM so keep an eye out for their posts.
Also around the time you receive this, I will be at the United Nations at the UN Women conference “A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”. Folks at Google (thank you Chris Stephenson) asked me to participate on a panel they have organized on “New Skills, More Choices: Access Through Education”.
I’ll also be representing ACM-W at the ACM Council meeting in a few weeks, and will have the pleasure of attending the ACM Awards Banquet where Jennifer Rexford will receive the Athena Lecturer Award.
Thanks, as always, for your work on behalf of women in computing!
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
News From ACM-W Chapters
We have our first chapter in South America. ACM-W welcomes Pontificia Universidad Javeriana ACM-W Student Chapter in Bogota, Columbia. We hope to have an ACM-W Chapter in Australia soon, so we can celebrate a chapter in every (feasible) continent.
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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