Mission Statement

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.

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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.

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

In response to the call for nominations for various leadership positions in ACM-W, we received many impressive candidates.  This month I am pleased to announce the first two appointments.

ACM-W North America Committee, Chair

Monica McGill, Ed.D., has been named the chair of the newly formed ACM-W North America Committee. Dr. McGill is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College. She comes to the ACM-W North America chair position having had experience in multiple sectors, including government, industry, and academia. She is active in Computer Science Education research with emphases on the impact of K-12 computing activity on its participants and the interrelationships between technology, humanity, and equality. She was the lead designer and developer of csedresearch.org, a website and repository of research on Computer Science Education with a focus towards preK-12 materials, and has published several dozen papers in journals and conference proceedings, many focusing on the factors that impact women in computing. She is passionate about supporting women in tech and bringing more women into this great sector and is excited for the opportunity to enable the North American Council to continue with the great work others have done in this area.

ACM-W Rising Star Award Committee, Chair

Dr. Wisniewski is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher whose work lies at the intersection of Social Computing and Privacy. She is particularly interested in the interplay between social media, privacy, and online safety for adolescents. She has authored over 55 peer-reviewed publications and has won multiple best papers (top 1%) and best paper honorable mentions (top 5%) at ACM SIGCHI conferences. She has been awarded over $2.55 million in external grant funding as a principal investigator or Co-PI, and her research has been featured by popular news media outlets, including ABC News, NPR,Psychology Today, and U.S. News and World Report. She is an inaugural member of the ACM Future Computing Academy and the first computer scientist to ever be selected as a William T. Grant Scholar.

We are excited to welcome Monica and Pam to these positions.  Look for more information soon on additional positions within these two committees.

Other ACM-W News

Also appearing in this month’s newsletter are reports from:

  • ACM Scholarships
  • ACM Celebrations
  • ACM-W India
  • ACM-W Europe

It is our practice to take a bit of a break during the month of August, so look for the next edition of ACM-W Connections in September.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

What’s NEW

The 22nd Informatica Feminale, the International Summer University for Women in Informatics and Computing, and also the 11th Ingenieurinnen-Sommeruni, the International Summer University for Women in Engineering will be held from August 12 to 30, 2019 at Bremen University, Germany.

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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