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
In the February issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM), I had the opportunity to contribute my first article on the status of ACM-W and gender equity within ACM. If you have not yet had a chance to read the article, I encourage you to do so. At the end of the article I encourage members of the ACM community to visit a blog posting (https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/224005) where ACM-W would like to gather the thoughts and ideas on how individual members of ACM impact long term positive change for women in computing. Our hope is that we can present the ideas generated by the community on our website and in our resource materials so that others outside ACM may benefit as well. So, if you have yet to read the article and visit the blog to contribute, please do so right away!
ACM-W/CRA-W Grad Cohort Partnership
The Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) hosts several mentoring workshops each year for women in computing at various stages of their careers from graduate school through the mid-career. The CRA-W Grad Cohort program (https://cra.org/cra-w/events/grad-cohort-women-2018/) gives current graduate students the opportunity to learn about various research career options (academia, industry, government labs) and to begin to build a professional network as they interact with fellow participants and the many professionals who provide mentoring advice. To date, the program has focused on participation by graduate students from the United States.
For the past two years, ACM-W has been providing funding for faculty groups from outside of the US to attend the Grad Cohort workshop to experience the program and perhaps replicate a similar effort in their home regions. This year, we are sponsoring groups from the United Kingdom, France, Greece, India, and Brazil. In future issues of Connections, we will highlight the grad cohort programs that occur all around the world as a result of this partnership.
CRA-W also has a connection to our Student Chapters project. Each month, a virtual town hall meeting gives undergraduate students to hear about exciting projects from leading researchers in computer science. These webinar events also include an opportunity to chat with the presenters after their presentations. If your ACM-W Student Chapter has not participated in a town hall meeting, please encourage them to do so – they will be glad they did!
In the rest of this Connections issue…
- Laura Spencer and Rachelle Hippler present important information on how to form an ACM-W Professional Chapter and the benefits of doing so.
- Z Sweedyk welcomes new ACM-W Student Chapters and reminds Chapters of the upcoming deadline for the next round of chapter networking awards.
- The Celebrations project report gives highlights of the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Celebration of Women in Computing (MINK-WiC).
- ACM-W Europe reports on the First Workshop on Gender Equality in Software Engineering, which will occur in Gothenburg, Sweden in May.
For those attending SIGCSE in Baltimore next week, please stop and greet our ACM-W volunteers in booth 117 in the exhibit hall and tell us all about the activities you are involved in that support women in computing.
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
Funding for ACM-W Student Chapters
Know of a nearby school that is thinking of starting a new ACM-W student chapter? The ACM-W networking grant can help you help them get started. The grant provides up to $300 for a joint activity that helps them move their plans forward. For example, a recent award funded a dinner for the Uppsala ACM-W student chapter and Ruth Lennon of the nearby Letterkenny Institute.
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!
When you join ACM, or renew your membership, check the box for ACM-W. You will be added to our email list and receive our ACM-W Connection newsletter.