ACM-W Connections – June 2018

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair 

Regular readers of this newsletter are aware that ACM/ACM-W are partnering in the project A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It.  This multi-year project has three primary goals:

  • Survey 45,000 individual scientists in all project-related disciplines to gather important data about the current state the scientific community. This survey is not just for women in computing but for all scientists regardless of gender.
  • Perform an analysis of the publication records of scientists and report aggregate information on the state of publication within the scientific community.
  • Create database of best practices for encouraging female participation in scientific disciplines and make these resources available for public access.

This past week, Reyyan Ayfer (ACM-W Vice-Chair) and I had the privilege of attending an annual coordination meeting of project partners in Paris, France, where we reported on the work ACM-W is doing to support the project.  It was inspiring to see the energy and enthusiasm that the representatives of the project partners have for the successful completion of this effort.  You can read more about the project and its partners at https://icsugendergapinscience.org/.

It is important that the Computer Science community have a strong representation in the survey portion of the project.  Please take 15 minutes of your time to complete the survey, which can be accessed in one of seven languages, by visiting http://statisticalresearchcenter.org/global18 and encourage your colleagues and peers to do the same. 

Other ACM-W News

This newsletter also includes the following from our project committees:

  • The Celebrations project reports on the third annual Informatics for All, a Celebration of Women in Computing in Spain.
  • The Toledo (OH, USA) ACM-W Professional Chapter, the second chapter charted in the US, is featured this month.
  • The Student Chapter report announces a new community college chapter and the winners of this year’s Best Student Chapter Officer and Best Facebook Post contests.

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

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

News from ACM-W Celebrations

Computing for All, an ACM-W Celebration

The third edition of Informatics for All celebrations was celebrated in April 2018. It was held in La Nave, Madrid, and this year it was a two-day event.

On the first day of the event, there was a career fair and a workshop about quality, diversity and expectations of current employment in the IT sector. On the second day of the celebration, there were five talks from female experts in different areas of expertise, including a live stream from one of our speakers who has been working in San Francisco over the last years. In addition, a panel discussion was held and a networking session to debate about the role of women in computing, difficulties and potential solutions. Later in the afternoon, there was a poster session with presentations and posters from universities from all around Spain.

Overall, it was a lovely day with very positive feelings, fruitful discussions, and plenty of time for networking and celebrating. The success of this event provided even more energy to keep growing this community, and the fourth edition of this wonderful celebration is already being planned.

If you would like information about how you could start your own local Celebration, please contact Wendy Powley (Celebrations Chair) at wendy@cs.queensu.ca.  Funding is available!

ACM-W Professional Chapters: Spotlight on Ohio’s Toledo ACM-W Professional Chapter

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Toledo ACM-W Professional Chapter.  This northwest Ohio chapter was chartered on May 21st and has already started partnering with the ACM-W student chapters at University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University and with area IT businesses leaders.

Chair Janell Vickers (Mercy Health) explained that the idea for a professional chapter started at a Tech Toledo networking event last year: “We found each other at a Women in Computing roundtable led by faculty members from the University of Findlay and Baldwin Wallace University and the rest is history.  I am excited to work with like-minded men and women who want to progress the working and learning environments for women in computing.”  They look forward to exchanging ideas and working with the OCWiC ACM-W Professional Chapter and hope other ACM-W professional chapters will continue to form around the state.  Organizational meetings are scheduled throughout the summer.

Start an ACM Profession Chapter

For more information about how to start a professional chapter, check out the ACM website: https://www.acm.org/chapters/professionals/how-to-start-a-professional-acm-w-chapter

News from ACM-W Student Chapters

Welcome to our new chapter at North Virginia Community College (NVCC). Please join our Facebook page and keep us up to date on chapter activities!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our Best Officer Contest is Sukriti Paul who founded the ACM-W student chapter at Manipal IT.

We are also happy to announce the winner of our best Facebook post contest is the ACM-W Chapter at the University of Central Florida. This chapter designed a team-building exercise that sounds like loads of fun: a CS-themed escape room!  Watch our web page for more details on how you can develop an escape room for your chapter. The UCF chapter wins $250 to celebrate their achievement.

Runner up winners in the FB post contest include chapters at the North South University in Bangladesh, Mount Holyoke College, the University of California at Los Angeles, BVCOE in Delhi, and the UPV Chapter from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Informàtica.  Each of these chapters wins $100. We loved seeing all of your posts. Keep up the great work!

Finally, we want to welcome Rachel Chesley as a new member of the ACM-W Student Chapter Committee of the ACM-W Council. Rachel is a former president of the UNCC ACM-W student chapter and now a working professional. She also designed the art for our ACM-W stickers. Rachel is developing our new social media campaign. Stay tuned for details!