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Why Start an ACM Chapter?

Having a chapter can help retain and recruit those interested in computing, by providing a sure place, a forum for constant discussion, debate, and dialogue.   ACM hopes that local chapters will continue to empower chapter members, and those who have yet to join, to get involved in activities and continue to promote computing and computer science.  Chapters provide a range of activities and services including talks by local practitioners, visits from prominent speakers on the ACM Distinguished Lectureship Program circuit, technical and career workshops, field trips to computing installations, and social activities.   Forming an ACM Chapter will help members focus on:

•    Engaging students in exciting computing activities;

•    Connecting students with leaders in the field;

•    Encouraging students to promote the field of computing;

•    Networking with other ACM Chapter leaders and members;

•    Mentoring programs for Chapter members;

•    Broadening the computing community; and Chapters are encouraged to develop chapter activities and events and establish themselves in the computer science world, but must always adhere to the guidelines and standards set forth by ACM.

 Starting a chapter is a simple process with a continuously rewarding outcome. If you have further questions regarding starting an ACM chapter, please contact Samantha Goldberg at local_activities@acm.org.


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