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
As we swing into summer mode, it might seem that there would be little to include in our monthly newsletter. But that is hardly the case. While Celebrations and Chapter activity is reduced during the summer months, there is much activity in the ACM-W volunteer camp as we look toward the next academic year.
The annual ACM-W Council meeting was held at ACM headquarters in New York City in June. One major piece of business was to welcome our newest Council members:
- Reyyan Ayfer – Reyyan is not new to the Council as she has been the Chair of ACM-W Europe for the past few years. I am please, however, that she has accepted the invitation to serve as the new Vice Chair of ACM-W. Thank you, Reyyan!
- Arati Dixit – Arati is the incoming Chair of ACM-W India. She has hit the ground running and has many exciting ideas that will increase the impact of our already active efforts throughout India.
- Z Sweedyk – Z is the incoming Chair of the Chapters Committee. Like the others, Z is bringing her creativity and passion to the work of this major ACM-W project and I look forward to seeing continued growth of ACM-W Student Chapters and an increase in resources ACM-W supplies to help ensure chapter success.
- Aruquia Peixoto – Aruquia first came to us as a representative of SIGGRAPH’s Women in Computer Graphics group. We seized the opportunity to include Aruquia as a full Council member, whose focus will be connecting ACM-W to SIGs and other technical groups for women in computing within and outside of ACM.
- Priya Chawla – Priya joined the Council after last year’s annual meeting and has brought a lot of youthful energy to our group. Priya will assume the lead on Special Projects and provides a perspective from the industry professional point of view.
It is my great pleasure to work alongside these new Council members and those who are continuing in their roles. The Council generated a lengthy “to do” list for the coming year and it will be fun to watch our ideas take shape.
ACM-W Past Chair, Valerie Bar, was honored at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award. Valerie’s work in ACM-W along with her continued commitment to promoting ACM membership and her work in the establishment of an ACM Diversity & Inclusion Council (coming July, 2018) make her a worthy recipient of this honor.
Thank you, Microsoft!
Microsoft has once again stepped forward in a big way to provide support for the ACM Celebrations project. Their $77,000 donation will provide $3,000 of support for each conference and additional administrative costs. On behalf of the Celebrations Committee and Celebrations organizers worldwide, THANKS!
This month’s edition includes a report from the inaugural Ukraine ACM Celebration of Women in Computing, which was held May 22, 2017 and organized by the ACM Ukrainian Chapter and the Department of Theory and Technology of Programming, Kyiv National Taras Schvchenko University. Congratulations to the organizers on your successful event.
There is also a call for registration of 2017-2018 Celebrations. If you need more information about starting a Celebration, please contact Wendy Powley (email@example.com) and she will be happy to assist.
Incoming chair, Z Sweedyk, brings a greeting. You can also read about the first Best Officer Contest, which awards funding to attend an ACM Celebration or the Grace Hopper Celebration to the winners.
The report from ACM-W Europe highlights several things including:
- An announcement of womENcourage 2017, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain on September 6th-8th.
- The work of HiPEAC in finding and keeping more women in computing.
- The 2017-2018 slate of ACM Celebrations throughout Europe – a list that will undoubtedly grow!
- Report from the 2nd INSPIRE Conference, held on May 12th and organized by the ACM-W UK Professional Chapter.
Women in Computability
ACM-W funds several projects throughout the year. This issue includes a report from the 11th Womein in Computability program, which we funded for the second year. ACM-W’s support enabled young researchers from across Europe to attend.
If social media and supporting women in computing are your passions, ACM-W needs you! You can contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore this opportunity to join our ever growing group of volunteers committed to supporting, celebrating and advocating for women in computing.
A final note
As has become our tradition, there will not be a newsletter during the month of August. However, watch your email for an announcement of the unveiling of our new and improved ACM-W website!
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
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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