Letter to ACM-W Chapters

Whew.  What a year it has been.  And you survived.  Or maybe, even found a way to thrive.  I want to let you know that we see the work you are doing, and we appreciate your dedication to supporting, celebrating, and advocating for women in computing. This dedication has come in many different forms, all valid and important.  In some cases, that dedication was the hard decision your team had to make to cancel your celebrations.  I know how agonizing those decisions were to cancel events that we know the students need.  I applaud you for taking care of yourself and focusing on what you can do well.  ACM-W student chapter leaders, we know all the different ways you and your students were stretched and understand that academics had to come first and in some cases that consumed the totality of your time. ACM-W professional chapter leaders, you had to balance ever changing professional obligations and had to make hard decisions not to hold outreach events that normally would bring us much joy and satisfaction. In some cases, your dedication meant finding ways to hold virtual events and we are amazed by your efforts.  In some cases, even with zoom-fatigue, you found just one more hour that you could bring together your chapter members.  We are impressed and grateful for your work.  We celebrate all the wonderful things you accomplished this year and look forward to a new year with new hope and new creative ideas to support, celebrate, and advocate for women in computing worldwide. 

Rachelle Hippler, ACM-W Professional Chapters