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
A big “Thank You!” to those who participated in the Global Survey of Mathematical, Natural and Computing Sciences, part of the Gender Gap in Science Project (https://gender-gap-in-science.org/). The computing community contributed 3335 of the 32,406 total responses and had participants from every global region. Reyyan Ayfer (ACM-W Vice Chair) and I will be attending the annual meeting of project partners this week in Berlin, Germany. During this meeting, activity for this third and final year of the project will be finalized. Once completed the project will have generated three work packages – the global survey, a data-backed study on scientific publications, and a database of good practices for attracting and retaining women in our disciplines. ACM-W will publish web addresses for these resources as they become available.
International Grad Cohort Project
ACM-W congratulates the recipients of this year’s funding to participate in the 2019 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop that will be held in Chicago, IL, this coming April.
- Sadia Saeed, Aneela Sultana, and Ifrah Farruakh Khan, Pakistan
- Christina Aragon and Ruji P. Medina, Philippines
- Öznur Özkasap and Pelin Angin, Turkey
- Zainab AlMeraj and Reem Ali AlBaghli, Kuwait
- Shaimaa Mohammed Aljuhani, Saudi Arabia
I look forward to seeing this valuable program established in these countries in the coming year!
ACM Ubiquity Explores the Future of Computing and Seeks to Recognize Young Professionals
Congratulations to ACM-W member Dr. Bushra Anjum, who has recently been selected as a senior editor for ACM Ubiquity, ACM’s peer-reviewed web-based magazine devoted to the future of computing and the people who are creating it. She has started a new initiative Innovation Leaders for Ubiquity which consists of interviews of young professionals, who comment on their concerns about the future of computing and their ambitions to shape the future through their leadership. Through this section, Dr. Anjum aims to highlight the efforts of the young professionals in terms of ground-breaking technical ideas, evolving the ethics and behaviors associated with the computing industry and academia, and minimizing the negative social implications of technology.
In the launch interview of Innovation Leaders, Dr. Anjum shared her vision of the future of computing workforce and emphasized that a successful engineer of the future is a generalist with a trained interdisciplinary and cross-functional mindset and whose training is augmented by the key human values of creativity, empathy, and flexibility. You can read, or audio stream, the full conversation here: https://buff.ly/2Q0Z1CB
Ubiquity ‘Innovation Leaders’ is eager to promote success stories featuring the dynamic ACM-W community. If you are interested in being interviewed as an innovation leader or know of someone who should be featured, contact her via Twitter @DrBushraAnjum.
Other ACM-W News
Also appearing in this month’s newsletter:
- The Scholarships Committee report features recent awardees Shaan Chopra, Margarita Marinka, and Ditty Matthew.
- The 5th Annual Women in Computing – Philippines Celebration is hightlighted.
- A report from The Northwest Ohio ACM-W Professional Chapter is included.
- An invitation to join the ACM-W Slack Channel appears in the Student Chapters report.
- The ACM-W Europe contribution has updates on womENcourage 2019 and a call for volunteers.
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
The Student Chapters invite you and your fellow chapter members, both past and present, to join the ACM-W Slack Channel! If you haven’t heard, slack is a mobile and web app that is a collaboration hub where you can chat, connect, collaborate, and so much more.
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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