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
Welcome to the April, 2017, issue of ACM-W Connections.
This month, the Celebrations Committee has a report from CAPWiC, the Capitol Region (Washington DC and Virginia) Celebration event. The Chapters Committee provides their monthly activity tip from an existing chapter.
The report from ACM-W Europe includes a report from the recent Celebration in Ankara, Turkey, and announcements of upcoming events and initiatives across Europe.
Our busy Celebrations season continues. An event in Azerbaijan is happening on April 15, and in the next few weeks we will have events in upstate New York; Belgrade, Serbia; Mallorca, Spain; and Hertfordshire, UK. We are truly global!
I recently represented ACM & ACM-W at the Computing Research Association Ctte. on Women (CRA-W) Grad Cohort event. Grad Cohort is a fabulous program that provides lots of information on skills needed for a successful graduate school experience. It is open only to students enrolled at U.S. and Canadian institutions. In a first step toward creating replica programs elsewhere in the world, ACM brought 4 observer groups from India, Australia, Spain, and Netherlands. Along with our CRA-W colleagues, we will be developing additional materials that will help guide these groups as they go home and start their own version of a program like Grad Cohort.
Continuing our global reach, we have a very exciting report from our ACM-W group in Uganda. While they are continuing to reach out to rural women in Uganda, they also
report on an effort in Kenya, along with plans to do outreach in Rwanda as well. I hope you will read their report and check out the pictures they have sent.
From our friends at SIGHPC:
Do you know of students who are studying data science or computing applications, and who are either women or members of an underrepresented group? Please forward this information to them or to their academic advisors - it could be worth $15,000 per year to them.
Submissions opened March 15 for a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. The ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships were created to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.
Interested faculty advisors and students can find more information on the fellowships, including a description of the online nomination process, athttp://www.sighpc.org/fellowships. Nominations close April 30.
Thanks for your continued support for and interest in ACM-W!
~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair
Featured News From ACM-W Uganda
This February the ACM-W group in Uganda organized its first outreach into Kenya and, accordingly, was much welcomed by many rural women in western Kenya. This first, historical class was held outside the town of Malaba, Kenya, where many rural women, from various part of the region, traveled to attend the class.
ACM-W IN UGANDA APPEALED TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR COMPUTERS AND COMPUTER TEACHERS, AND GOT BOTH!
Following an appeal for aid in its effort to teach rural women computers, the ACM-W group in Uganda was able to get volunteers from Michigan, USA, who also carried three laptops for the effort. Erik Lovell is a computer and social media expert from Michigan. He traveled to Uganda with his wife, Vicky, both of whom taught women in both Ugandan villages and in Kenya. Erik told the women that they needed to learn computer so that they can connect with the international community for various opportunities. He further demonstrated that their villages are indeed connected to the internet when he called his virtual assistant on Skype in the presence of these Kenya rural women. The virtual assistant was in the Philippines.
This was amazing to the rural women, who vowed to make computers part of the Kenyan culture, thanks to ACM-W. On the other hand, his wife, Vicky, got down to teaching the rudimentary computer skills to the rural women, that is, how to push the power button, how to open the computer applications, how to write, how to save, and how to shut down, amidst many questions from the Kenyan women, who had to talk through a translator, one Catherine, from Uganda, who traveled to Kenya with other volunteers to participate in this maiden class.
IN SUM, the chapter has been able to streamline its regular rural outreach in Uganda, and is now attempting to do so in Kenya, and is considering opening classes in Rwanda. The chapter will continued to drum up support internationally, locally, and from local governments for this noble effort. The chapter is grateful to the unwavering support it gets from Stawa University and from ACM-W Chair(USA). ( The photos were taken in rural Kenya and rural Uganda during ACM-W computer classes).
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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