About ACM's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computing

The ACM community encompasses everyone who works in computing or applies computing in another domain, from educators and researchers to software and hardware developers, system engineers, project managers, and data scientists. Because its community is so broad, diversity and inclusion are central to ACM’s mission.

Although diversity, equity and inclusion often go hand-in-hand, they are not the same thing. Diversity is achieved when the individuals around the table are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and experience, leading to a breadth of viewpoints, reasoning, and approaches (also referred to as “the who”). Equity is achieved by supporting the participation of marginalized communities in computing as well as by promoting impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources and systems by the ACM (also referred to as "the why"). Inclusion is achieved when the environment is characterized by behaviors that welcome and embrace diversity (“the how”).

ACM fosters diversity, equity and inclusion with its open-door approach. Members and non-members alike are welcomed to ACM’s workshops, conferences, publications, and awards program. Through its range of membership programs, members can choose to participate in the global organization, regional or local-area groups, and/or Special Interest Groups. ACM activities support computing communities of all sizes in both academic and commercial environments, and around the globe. A spectrum of resources and activities address every career stage, from K-12 student through seasoned professional.

ACM's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Entities

ACM invests in a number of programs that focus specifically on different aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion. Some examples are:

To ensure that its governance and activities involve people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, ACM has created a cross-cutting group that coordinates and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout the organization.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

      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