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
I am writing this welcome message while attending the 2018 CRA-W Grad Cohort workshop in San Francisco, CA. Those who have had the opportunity to attend a CRA-W mentoring workshop (grad cohort, early/mid-career workshops) know that these are amazing events that give women lots of good advice relevant for specific stages of their computing journey. Pictured are the faculty attendees from Brazil, France, Greece, India and the United Kingdom that ACM-W sponsored to attend the workshop. These women had the opportunity to observe the presentation sessions and interact with the 450+ student and mentor attendees during a variety of social and networking events. I want to thank our partners at CRA-W for their gracious hospitality to our group. We all look forward to seeing similar programs developed in many global locations.
Gender Gap Survey to Launch on May 1st
After a year of workshops and diligent work by the many volunteers on the Gender Gap project, one of the primary goals of the project – the Global Survey of Scientists and Engineers – will launch on May 1st. Some background on the survey is available at https://icsugendergapinscience.org/work-packages/global-survey/. On May 1st, this web page will be modified to include a link to the active survey. Many ACM/ACM-W volunteers engaged with the project will be disseminating information about the survey, which will be available in seven languages. Please take time to participate when it goes live and encourage others to do the same. The survey results will give us a much better understanding of the demographics and experiences of computing and other STEM professionals world-wide.
Best ACM-W Officer Contest Opens
ACM-W Student Chapters provide young women opportunities to develop leadership skills. The Best ACM-W Officer Contest gives student chapters a chance to recognize the hard work and dedication of their impactful chapter leaders. The winner of the award will be given the opportunity to attend an ACM Celebration or the Grace Hopper Celebration during the 2018-2019 academic year. Nominations for the award are open until May 15th. Check the ACM-W Chapter Facebook page for more information.
Other ACM-W News
This newsletter also includes the following from our project committees:
- A report from the ACM Celebration in Letterkenny, Ireland.
- Activity of the ACM-W Professional Chapter in Namibia is featured.
- The ACM-W Student Chapter project makes a call for Facebook posting of chapter activity. One posting chapter will be selected to receive a $250 award.
- The ACM-W Europe report highlights the Ukrainian Chapter’s participation in the Women Who Code celebration.
Thanks to those who volunteered!
I want to extend my personal thanks to the many who responded to my call for volunteers in the March Connections. Your interest in engaging with ACM-W will enable a greater social media presence in the near future!
A Final Note
As the 2017-2018 academic year comes to a close, the activity in our Celebrations and Student Chapters project will slow. However, there is still much to report about the many events that happened over the past several months and we will continue to bring reports on those activities to you in the coming months. Planning for next year’s events has begun and we look forward to more opportunities to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing next year.
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
Student Chapter Best ACM-W Officer Contest
Do you have an amazing officer in your student chapter? Nominate her for the ACM-W best officer contest and she could win a free trip to the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. See our contest poster for further details. To nominate her (or yourself) click on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/o5lVASvwhPABrezc2.
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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