Announcing the New ACM-W “Above and Beyond Scholarship” project

We are delighted to introduce “Above and Beyond Scholarship”, a special project focused on the ACM-W Scholarships Program. The ACM-W Scholarships provide support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend computing research conferences.  The project aims to follow up on the historical scholarship data since its inception in 2006 to do a potential longitudinal assessment of the impact of the scholarship on the educational trajectory and career path of our scholars.

The project team worked very hard to reach out to approximately 400 scholars, and with a 40% return rate, the team was blown away by the success stories shared with them.  So, we are starting an interview series, “Above and Beyond Scholarship”, where we will share and celebrate the individual success stories of our scholars. We will be publishing these stories on our ACM-W website, social media channels, and also the ACM-W newsletter. 

Listen from Dr Bushra Anjum, Dr Viviana Bono, and Sharon Kang about how they brought this project to life. 

And stay tuned!

Scholarships Chair – Apply by September 30

ACM-W is seeking applicants for the next ACM-W Scholarships Chair. Come join us and be part of an energetic team of leaders for an organization supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing around the world.

The ACM-W’s Scholarship Award Program provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research Computer Science conferences. The successful applicant’s responsibilities will be to administer ACM-W’s Scholarship Award Program by coordinating the solicitation of applicants, reviewing of applications, and selection of winning students several times a year. 

This is a volunteer, remote, part-time position for a two-year term, requiring 10-30 hours a month, monthly online meetings and online communication via email as necessary. This position reports to the ACM-W Standing Committee / Special Projects Co-Chairs

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Scholarships Chair

Part-time Volunteer Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Executive Committee is recruiting for a volunteer to lead the ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences Program.  This project is well-established and has been offering women students in Computer Science support to attend research conferences since 2013. 

Attending conferences in person allows young and upcoming researchers to make meaningful human connections leading to strong collaborations, sometimes life-long ones, and to aspire to be more than they might otherwise do. 

Applications are evaluated on 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, ACM CHI, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

The ACM-W Scholarships Chair is responsible for soliciting applications, recruiting reviewers for the Scholarship Selection Committee, and coordinating awards for the selected students. The position is also responsible for collecting, editing, and publishing post-event reports from scholarship winners.

This position is also responsible for administering the project’s budget, creating annual reports, collecting and maintaining an archive of activities, webpages and announcements. The Scholarship chair is responsible for ensuring transparency, regional diversity and consistency across all scholarships. They will communicate regularly with the Standing Committees Chairs, and other relevant leaders to monitor and promote scholarships in all regions. 

Compensation, Hours, and Benefits

It is expected that the Scholarships Chair will spend 10-30 hours a month. The assignment is for a two year term, with an option for one two-year extension. 

ACM-W is a non-profit organization, administered entirely by volunteers. This is a volunteer position, but it directly impacts the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. The Scholarship Chair’s name and contact info are included on the website. They will also receive a special ACM-W Leadership badge for their email signature card, and social media accounts.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with leading large program development projects, managing volunteers, and creating platforms to facilitate collaboration between diverse groups. Being an ACM Member, experience of working with different geographical groups and being involved with related volunteer organizations will be additional plus points. 

How to apply

Please complete this form before September 30, 2022.


Celebrations Chair – Apply by September 30

ACM-W is seeking applicants for the next ACM-W Celebrations Chair. Come join us and be part of an energetic team of leaders for an organization supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing around the world.

ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing connect technical women who are working/studying within a particular geographical location – with locations that could be a single city, a state or group of states, a country, or several countries. These conferences build community and break down feelings of isolation. 

The Global Celebrations Chair coordinates and promotes Celebrations in all regions. Coordination tasks include assisting event committees with activities, such as planning, promotion, registration, reviews, vendors and sponsors. The Celebrations Chair may establish a team as needed. 

This is a volunteer, remote, part-time position for a two-year term, requiring 10-30 hours a month, monthly online meetings and online communication via email as necessary. This position reports to the ACM-W Regional Committee

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

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Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Celebrations Chair

Part-time Volunteer Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Executive Committee is recruiting for a volunteer to lead the ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing Program.  This project is well-established, and has been supporting regional Celebrations since 2004.  

Regional Celebrations are small low-cost conferences designed to increase the participation, retention, and advancement of technical women. Such events have been held all over the world, to bring women together in supportive communities for professional growth.

The ACM-W Celebrations Chair is responsible for helping to ensure that Regional Celebrations have adequate support and resources for success. This position will meet with planning committees and event chairs as needed to share guidelines and procedures to ensure consistency across regions. The Celebrations Chair will maintain a record of upcoming events and collect post-event reports. This position is also responsible for administering the project’s budget, creating annual reports, collecting and maintaining an archive of activities, webpages and announcements. 

The Celebration chair is responsible for ensuring transparency, regional diversity and consistency across all Celebrations. They will communicate regularly with the Regional Committees Chairs, and other relevant leaders to monitor and promote Celebrations in all regions.

Compensation, Hours and Benefits

It is expected that the Celebrations Chair will spend 10-30 hours a month. The assignment is for a two year term, with an option for one two-year extension. 

ACM-W is a non-profit organization, administered entirely by volunteers. This is a volunteer position, but it directly impacts the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. The Celebration Chair’s name and contact info are included on the website. They will also receive a special ACM-W Leadership badge for their email signature card, and social media accounts.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with leading large program development projects, managing volunteers, and creating platforms to facilitate collaboration between diverse groups. Being an ACM Member, experience of working with different geographical groups and being involved with related volunteer organizations will be additional plus points. 

How to apply

Please apply via this form, before September 30, 2022.


Welcome to our new ACM-W Newsletter Editor!

Taneea S Agrawaal
ACM-W Newsletter Editor

Taneea S Agrawaal will be the next ACM-W Newsletter Editor, effective September 2022. Taneea is a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at University of Toronto, Canada. She completed her Bachelors in Technology from IIIT Delhi, India in 2018, and worked as an Engineering Associate at Goldman Sachs, India before starting her graduate study in 2021.

Taneea’s research work is interdisciplinary. She combines Human-Computer Interaction techniques with Climate Science, exploring the role of social values in Climate Science, with a special focus on climate-vulnerable groups. She is an alumnus of Rails Girls Summer of Code (RGSoC) 2016 and has also served on the program committee of RGSoC 2020. Taneea has been an active participant in several diversity initiatives in India, and has led the Rails Girls New Delhi and Indian Women in Engineering chapters. An avid reader with a penchant for writing, she also led the blog and the literary society at IIIT Delhi. She has continually mentored students in Computer Science since she first went to university. Most recently, she has been involved with HER Code Camp and Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP) in Toronto.

Welcome to our new ACM-W Regional Activities Co-Chair!

Nutan Limaye,
ACM-W Regional Activities Co-Chair

Dr Nutan Limaye will be the next Regional Activities Co-Chair of ACM-W, effective September 2022. Dr Limaye is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Before this, she was an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay, India. She finished her PhD at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) Chennai, India, in 2009. She did a one-year postdoc stint at TIFR Mumbai, before joining IIT Bombay in 2010.

She was associated with the Association of Computing Machinery, India (ACM, India) as the vice-chair of the ACM-W from 2019 to 2021. She was also the treasurer of the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS), India, from 2018 to 2020. She is an Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Computation Theory (TOCT). She received the IRCC IIT Bombay Research Publication Award 2019. She has been on program committees of reputed theoretical computer science conferences such as STOC, FOCS, ITCS, and ICALP. Her research interests are in theoretical Computer Science. Specifically, she is interested in Algorithms and Complexity Theory. Her recent research has focussed on Algebraic Complexity Theory and Lower Bounds. 

Regional Activities Co-Chair – Apply by July 31

ACM-W is seeking applicants for the next Regional Activities Co-Chair. Come join us and be part of an energetic team of leaders for an organization supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing around the world.

Responsibilities will be encouraging, cultivating, and supporting ACM-W collaboration with chapters, celebrations, ACM-W regions, and broader global ACM. To this end, you will design and launch programs in collaboration with international ACM-W community

This is a volunteer, remote, part-time position for a two-year term, requiring 10-30 hours a month, monthly online meetings, and two 2-day face-to-face meetings a year. 

If interested, see below for details and instructions for applying.

Organization

ACM-W: ACM’s Women in Computing

ACM-W is a global community whose mission is to support, celebrate, and advocate for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. We provide a wide range of programs and services to members and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Position 

Regional Activities Committee Co-Chair

Part-time Volunteer Assignment

Job Description  

The ACM-W Executive Committee is recruiting for a volunteer to co-lead the Regional Activities Committee to strengthen the collaboration between the leaders as well as the chapters present in our international ACM-W community.  This is a relatively new focus area, so the successful candidate will be empowered to imagine and build out programs of their own design to continue to grow ACM-W collaboration with chapters, regions, and broader ACM, with additional efforts to materialize ACM-W presence in the new proposed regions/countries. An experience of working with different regions and ACM-W Celebrations would be a plus. 

The mission of the  ACM-W Regional Activities Committee is to facilitate communication between the different regions of the ACM-W international community. The Regional Activities Committee is also responsible for the development and  maintenance of healthy networking for regions to collaborate at leadership as well as chapter levels between different existing regions as well as new regions. 

Compensation, Hours and Benefits

It is expected that the Regional Activities Committee Co-Chair will spend 10-30 hours a month including monthly co-chair meetings, and attend two 2-day face-to-face meetings a year. Travel expenses for the face-to-face meetings will be reimbursed. The assignment is for a two year term. 

ACM-W is a non-profit organization, administered entirely by volunteers. This is a volunteer position, but it directly impacts the ACM-W global community of 70,000+ members. The Communications co-chair’s names, photos and contact info are included on the website. They will also receive a special ACM-W Leadership badge for their email signature card, and social media accounts.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience with leading large program development projects, managing volunteers, and creating platforms to facilitate collaboration between diverse groups. Being an ACM Member, experience of working with different geographical groups and being involved with related volunteer organizations will be additional plus points. 

How to apply

Please complete this form before July 31, 2022.

Cigdem Sengul selected as the next ACM-W Communications co-Chair

Cigdem Sengul
Cigdem Sengul,
ACM-W Communications Co-Chair

Cigdem Sengul, current communications chair and secretary of ACM-W Europe, will be the next Communications Co-Chair of ACM-W, effective July 2022.

Cigdem is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, UK. Since 2002, she has worked and led projects in various R&D groups in the USA and Europe. She is an expert on communication networks, privacy and security, focusing on constrained and decentralised systems. 

Cigdem has been a member of the ACM for over 15 years. She has been serving in the communications team in ACM-W Europe since 2015. She started as a working group volunteer and has served as its chair for the last four years. She has initiated and worked on many projects to highlight the achievement of women in computing and engineering within ACM. Cigdem is passionate about making computing more diverse. She is the Athena SWAN1 lead for the Computer Science Department and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion college champion at Brunel.

Cigdem is very excited to join the ACM-W as the Communications Co-Chair: “I am delighted to join Bettina Bair to work on projects that will strive to amplify the voices of our global community.”


[1] A framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research. Link: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan-charter 

Blockchain Technology: What’s the big deal?

When? July 20th, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Watch On Demand

Blockchain technology is a mysterious topic for many. Is it a network? A database? A cryptography algorithm? Is it the same as cryptocurrency? In this episode of “ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders,” we aim to demystify blockchain technology with the help of leading women technologists in the field. Join our panel, with host Bushra Anjum, as we talk about the core concepts, and learn how to differentiate blockchain hype from reality. We will also explore what problems are good candidates to be solved with this emerging technology.

Panelists

Lisa Calkins | CEO HalfBlast Studios

Tatiana Zander | Director Technology Innovation Ericsson

Zeenat Anjum | Founder & CEO Digiwrite

with host Bushra Anjum

Resources shared by the Panelists in the session:

1. To explore the analytics side of Blockchain Technology Dune Analytics, Flipside Crypto

2. For learning and community, check out Layer 3 Platform, blockchain.ieee.org/communities, corda.net

3. To learn about emerging projects coming into the space of Blockchain applications cointelegraph.com, cryptocompare.com, yahoofinance.com

4. Description of the Ericcson use case discussed in the session, Remote Acceptance

Watch On Demand

1st Greek ACM-W Chapter Winter School on Fairness in AI

Starting this year, the Greek ACM-W Chapter, with the support of the ACM Europe Research Visibility working group (ACM Europe RAISE), organizes a series of annual winter schools, on timely computer science related topics. The main goal of the school is to offer the opportunity to young computer science professionals to learn, interact and make a difference.

The inaugural edition of the Greek ACM-W Chapter Winter School (GECSW22) took place online on February 24-25, 2022. Living the revolution of AI, with issues of biased treatments, exclusion, and unfairness being raised, the topic could not be anything else than “Fairness in AI”. Participation was free but limited to facilitate interactions. After the selection process, more than 60 participants from more than 20 countries had the opportunity to be part of the
GECSW22.

Introduction to GECSW22


Top scientists from around the world presented their exciting work on the topic in the two-day event. Participants learned, through scientific talks and tutorials, the fundamental theory behind algorithmic fairness, the state-of-the-art in ranking, recommendations, web search, online markets, computer vision & some software tools. Also, they understood the need for a broader, multidisciplinary treatment including police, education, legal, philosophical and societal views.

2 Full Days of Activities

For a more engaging and interactive virtual school, participants were divided into working groups. Each working group (7 people) had to complete a small task (see image). At the end of the conference, the participants presented their work and voted for the best presentation.

Working Group Assignment

The entire event was live-streamed with the help of people from Athena Research Center and has been recorded on the Greek ACM-W Chapter’s YouTube channel. (Respecting the personal data of the students, their presentations have not been recorded)

The full program of the event is still available on the official website of GECSW22.

GECSW22 Agenda

GECSW22 would like to thank its supporters and sponsors, all who contributed to make this event so successful, and of course its attendees for their participation and enthusiasm! Until the next GECSW, see you at the 4th Summit on Gender Equality in Computing by the Greek ACM-W Chapter!

Ruth Lennon selected as the next ACM-W Chair

Ruth Lennon

Ruth Lennon, current chair of ACM-W Europe, has been selected as the next Global Chair of ACM-W. Ruth is the director of Craobh Technology Consulting, an organization that provides personalized solutions to industry problems.

Ruth is also a Lecturer with 20 years of experience in the Department of Computing in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. Ruth’s research interests focus on enterprise scale systems with a particular focus on DevOps and Cloud technologies. She has been a member of many technical panels and committees including chairing the NSAI/TC 2/SC 11 on cloud and distributed systems, and working on the IEEE 2675 DevOps standard. Ruth’s goal in DevOps is to ensure that security and performance are seen as core to development projects just as it is in configuration projects.

Ruth has been a member of the ACM for over 20 years and is the Chair of the ACM-W Europe. She has worked on projects to support and encourage women in computing and engineering career pathways for as long as she has been in the ACM. Highlighting the vital role that women can play in any technical team is core to her voluntary work.

When asked about her vision for ACM-W Ruth states, “I look forward to working with the team to define a strategic approach to build stronger international links in our global community of skilled, collaborative and enthusiastic researchers and practitioners. Over the next two years we will explore new ways to provide greater value to our members locally, regionally and globally.”

ACM-W Chapter News

ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards – Apply by March 24th

It is that time of year again! The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards recognize outstanding ACM and ACM-W student chapters. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for this award in one or more of the following five key areas:

  • Chapter Activities
  • Chapter Website
  • Recruitment Program
  • Community Service
  • School Service

To be eligible, active chapters must have all required officers and at least 10 active chapter members listed on the Chapter Admin Interface. Each category has its own online application. To be considered for one or more of these awards, complete the applications found at: www.acm.org/chapters/student-chapter-excellence-awards by Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

Winning chapters in each of these categories will receive $500 and a “best of” icon to proudly display on their chapter’s website. Also, these chapters will be recognized on the ACM website and in ACM MemberNet.

Chapter Spotlight: Cyprus ACM-W Chapter

Cyprus ACM-W Chapter launched the FeSTEM community platform (festem.network) on International Day of Girls and Women in Science (February 11).

While there’s a growing representation of women in science, several structural, social, and institutional barriers still remain. FeSTEM network is an e-mentoring platform that aims to link Higher Education (HE) students in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with experienced mentors in the field. The platform was developed as part of the FeSTEM project (festemproject.eu) that is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program and supported by the Cyprus ACM-W Chapter (acmwomencyprus.wordpress.com).

Welcome to Our Newest Chapters

  • AITR ACM-W Student Chapter – Indore, India (Student)
  • GEU ACM-W Student Chapter – Dehradun, India (Student)
  • ITU ACM-W Student Chapter – Istanbul, Turkey (Student)
  • MUJ ACM-W Student Chapter – Jaipur, India (Student)
  • PSU-H ACM-W Student Chapter – Middletown, PA (Student)
  • Sathyabama Institute ACM-W Student Chapter – Chennai, India (Student)
  • Western Colorado University ACM-W Student Chapter – Gunnison, CO (Student)

ACM-W North America: Designing for Sustainability and Inclusion

Monica McGill
Dr. Monica McGill, Immediate Past Chair,
ACM-W North America
A. Nicki Washington, Ph.D.
Chair, ACM-W North America

In the summer of 2019, the ACM-W North America Executive Committee began the task of formally organizing. Led by Immediate Past Chair Dr. Monica McGill, the Committee embarked on the mission of supporting, celebrating, informing, and advocating for women and nonbinary people in computing across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Suffice it to say that this was a heavy lift. Not only were we a small committee of volunteers. We were also starting from the ground up. Over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Committee worked to ensure that sustainability and inclusion were at the forefront of all activities. As such, we implemented the following things to support these goals.

Creation of Constitution & Bylaws

It was extremely important for us to establish governance early, to ensure that all current and future members followed a process that supported the ACM-W mission and our ideals as founding members of the North America Committee. These were approved by members of the Executive Committee and address everything from responsibilities of subcommittees and chairs to the addition/removal of new members (including subcommittees) and processes for amending the bylaws.

Examples of this intentionality include the required representation of the Committee:

Members from systemically marginalized races/ethnicities shall represent a minimum of 50% of the ACM-W North America Committee.”

Given that approximately 78% of all women in computing racially identify as white and Asian, this requirement ensured that those identifying as Black, Indigenous, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Latina were not pushed to the margins for leadership positions.

Creation of the Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee

The Empowerment of Marginalized Communities (Empowerment, for short) Subcommittee leads efforts to empower, support, and connect individuals who have been systemically pushed to the fringes in computing. It promotes computing in communities throughout North America that are underserved due to the detrimental effects of slavery, colonialization, and continued marginalization.

The Executive Committee recognizes the ways in which women and non-binary people from marginalized communities have been intentionally decentered in conversations related to gender diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing. This Subcommittee provides valuable programming and strategies that center those who’ve long been pushed to the margins. In addition, at least one member of the Empowerment Subcommittee must also serve on the Nominations Subcommittee [which is responsible for identifying, vetting, and/or presenting potential candidates for ACM-W North America (including the Executive Committee)].

Creation of Student Co-Chairs

The Committee recognizes that our student chapters drive our regional activities. As a result, it is important that they participate in the sustained support across the region. Each North America Subcommittee (Celebrations, Communications, Student Chapters, Nominations, and Empowerment) shall include at least one student chair, who helps to also serves as a liaison between the Committee and student chapters/members throughout North America. We are currently soliciting self-nominations for student chairs. Interested students should review the self-nomination information and apply here no later than April 1, 2022.

The ACM-W NA Executive Committee understands the importance of designing to include. While there are sure to be unexpected changes in the future, we are proud of the intentionality we used to create a regional Committee that prioritizes inclusion and equity for generations to come.

We welcome you to learn more about and join us in this important work.