Diversity & 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.
Natalie Enright Jerger and John West have been named Co-chairs of ACM's Diversity and Inclusion Council, effective July 1. Natalie Enright Jerger is Percy Edward Hart Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. John West is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center.
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.
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 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.
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.
Meenakshi Balakrishnan received the 2018 ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for his research, development, and deployment of cost-effective embedded-system and software solutions addressing mobility and education challenges of the visually impaired in the developing world. These technologies are especially valuable in the developing world, where there are fewer resources for the visually impaired.
ACM has named Elisa Bertino of Purdue University the 2019-2020 Athena Lecturer. Bertino was cited for pioneering and impactful contributions to data management and data security theory and systems, along with outstanding contributions to broadening participation in computing via professional leadership and mentoring. She is recognized as one of the top database security experts worldwide, and has made contributions to data security and privacy in many different contexts.
ACM has named Shwetak N. Patel of the University of Washington and Google the recipient of the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to creative and practical sensing systems for sustainability and health. Patel and his students found highly creative ways to leverage existing infrastructure to make affordable and accurate monitoring a practical reality. He quickly turned his team’s research contributions into real-world deployments, founding companies to commercialize their work.