Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Anyone, from any background, should feel encouraged to participate and contribute to ACM. Differences – in age, race, gender and sexual orientation, nationality, physical ability, thinking style and experience – bring richness to our efforts in providing quality programs and services for the global computing community.
ACM is committed to creating an environment that welcomes new ideas and perspectives, and where hostility or other antisocial behaviors are not tolerated.
Join the ACM Education Board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computing Education Task Force and ACM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, for the webinar "Power On! Addressing Issues of Equity and Youth Agency in Computing Education Through a Graphic Novel for Educators and Students." Authors Jane Margolis and Jean Ryoo will offer insights on how students of all ages can become more aware of the ethical complexities of technology and how technology intersects with systemic inequality and racism. DEI-CE co-chairs Fay Cobb Payton and Susan Reiser will moderate. The webinar, scheduled for February 17 at 1pm EDT, will be free and open to all.
Every computing student deserves a chance to see themselves in computing, irrespective of demographics, interests, or socioeconomic status. Real-life stories of people finding success after repeated setbacks help students see how and why they persevere. In her article, “The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education,” Tiffani Williams, co-chair of ACM's Standing Committee on Systemic Change, provides examples of how computer science educators can incorporate stories of struggle and growth into the classroom and make CS more welcoming for everyone. Read her Viewpoint article in the February 2022 issue of Communications of the ACM.
ACM's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is an essential resource for SIGs, conferences, boards, and councils looking for best practices to improve diversity in their organization and develop programs with a broader reach in the computing community. Our guide provides examples of both inherent and acquired characteristics, which should be taken into consideration when looking at ways to improve the diversity of your team.
As part of ACM’s efforts to combat exclusion in the computing profession, ACM's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council has launched an effort to replace offensive or exclusionary terminology in the computing field. They have developed a list of computing terms to be avoided in professional writing and presentations and offer alternative language. The Council plans to expand this list in the future and invites the community to submit suggestions for consideration.
Computing4Change is a competition for students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who want to work collaboratively to learn to apply data analysis and computational thinking to a social challenge, experience the latest tools and techniques for exploring data through visualization, expand skills in team-based problem solving and to learn how to communicate ideas more effectively to the general public.
By highlighting successful technical women who are leading diverse careers in the technology industry, ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” aims to inform students and early-career professionals about the multitude of career options open to them. Visit https://women.acm.org/celebrating-technology-leaders/ to view on-demand.
- Stephanie Ludi
- Lisa Smith
- Past Chairs
- Natalie Enright Jerger
- John West
- Co-Chairs, Standing Committee on Systemic Change
- Aubrey Rembert
- Tiffani Williams
- Chair, ACM-W
- Jodi Tims
- Valerie Barr
- Nery Chapeton-Lamas
- Leigh Ann Delyser
- Ann Gates
- Juan Gilbert
- Leah Jamieson
- Hemangee Kapoor
- David Patterson
- Rose Robinson
- Christine Stephenson
- Bryant York
- Education Board DEI Committee Co-Chairs
- Fay Cobb Payton
- Susan Reiser
Convened by the ACM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, the scope of the Systemic Change Committee includes:
- Consider ACM volunteer activities where changes can be made to promote racial equity
- Develop a living document of a prioritized list of actions to address systemic change
- Work with volunteer leadership to consider ways to address identified problems
- Create metrics to report relevant diversity numbers
Tawanna R. Dillahunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI). She holds a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and is a faculty affiliate of Michigan’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy. Prior to working in academia, she was a software engineer at Intel Corporation for many years. Dillahunt was named a 2021 ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.
Marcelo Arenas is a Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of the Millennium Institute for Foundational Research on Data. Among his honors, Arenas received a SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, the Semantic Web Science Association Ten-Year Award, and nine Best Paper awards at various conferences. He was recently named an ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding scientific contributions to computing.
Ponnurangam Kumaraguru “PK” is a Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad (India). His research interests include computational social science, social media analysis, cybersecurity, and online privacy. His PhD thesis from Carnegie Mellon University helped form a company, Wombat Security Technologies, which was later acquired for $225 Million. PK is an ACM India Eminent Speaker, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and was recently selected as an ACM Distinguished Member for outstanding engineering contributions to computing.
ACM-W is the ACM Community of Support for Women in Computing. 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.
The ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct arose from the experiences, values and aspirations of computing professionals around the world, and it captures the conscience of the profession. It affirms an obligation of computing professionals both individually and collectively to use their skills for the benefit of society.
The open exchange of ideas is central to ACM’s mission. This requires an environment that embraces diversity and provides a safe, welcoming environment for all. ACM's Policy Against Harassment applies to all ACM activities, defines expected behavior and explains how to report unacceptable behavior.
ACM's Technology Policy Council and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council sponsored a free screening and public discussion of the film "Coded Bias" and how those in computer science fields can address issues of algorithmic fairness. The discussion, held on March 29, 2021, has been archived, and "Coded Bias" is now viewable on both PBS and Netflix.
ACM SIGACCESS has developed a new free guide to help committees organizing and executing accessible virtual conferences inclusive for people with disabilities. The guidance is based on accessibility standards such as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and user experiences with virtual meetings, and provides a central resource for both best practices and links to other resources. Check out the guide at https://www.sigaccess.org/accessible-virtual-conferences/.
ACM Fellow Timothy Pinkston organized and moderated a panel on "Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Computing Community" held as a joint session of several co-located virtual conferences in March 2021. The panel included John Hennessey, David Patterson, Natalie Enright Jerger, Margaret Martonosi, Bill Dally and Kim Hazelwood. Watch a recording of the session and read a recap in CACM.