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.

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Celebrating Technology Leaders, Episode 10: Blockchain Technology: What's the Big Deal?

In this tenth episode of ACM-W’s webinar series, “Celebrating Technology Leaders,” host Bushra Anjum and panelists Lisa Calkins, Tatiana Zander, and Aneet Anjum will discuss blockchain technology, its core concepts, how to differentiate blockchain hype from reality, and what problems are good candidates to be solved with this emerging technology. They will provide practical guidance and pointers that anyone can benefit from. Register here for the webinar, which will take place Wednesday, July 20, 12 pm PDT.

The Lives of Hidden Figures Matter in Computer Science Education

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.

How Diverse Is Your Team?

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.

Words Matter

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

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.

Webinar on Language Matters: DEI and the Question of URM

Watch the webinar “Language Matters: DEI and the Question of URM,” featuring Nicki Washington of Duke University and Tiffani L. Williams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in discussion on the importance of language to promote inclusive environments for work and study. The webinar was organized by the ACM Education Board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computing Education Task Force and ACM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, and was moderated by DEI-CE co-chair Fay Cobb Payton.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

    Co-Chairs
      Stephanie Ludi  
      Lisa Smith
    Past Chairs
      Natalie Enright Jerger  
      John West  
    Co-Chairs, Standing Committee on Systemic Change
      Aubrey Rembert  
    Chair, ACM-W
      Ruth Lennon  
    Members
      Daniel Acuña
      Leigh Ann Delyser  
      Ann Gates
      Juan Gilbert  
      Leah Jamieson  
      Hemangee Kapoor  
      David Patterson  
      Christine Stephenson  
      Bryant York  
    Liaisons
    Education Board DEI Committee Co-Chairs
      Fay Cobb Payton  
      Susan Reiser  

Learn about ACM's Committee on Systemic Change

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

Meet Thomas Zimmermann

Thomas Zimmermann is a Senior Principal Researcher in the Productivity and Intelligence and Software Analysis and Intelligence groups at Microsoft Research. His research interests include software engineering, data science, and recommender systems. Zimmermann is the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT). He has received numerous awards, including seven Ten Year Most Influential Paper awards at various conferences as well as five SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards. He was recently named an ACM Fellow for contributions to mining software repositories and defect prediction.

Thomas Zimmermann

Meet Éva Tardos

Éva Tardos is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University and is one of the most influential leaders in the field of theoretical computer science. Her honors include receiving the IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the Fulkerson Prize, the George B. Dantzig Prize, the Van Wijngaarden Award, and the Gödel Prize. From 2015 until 2021, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the ACM (JACM). Tardos was recently named the 2022–2023 ACM Athena Lecturer for fundamental research contributions and for her dedicated mentoring and service.

Éva Tardos

Meet Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen is a Professor at Duke University and Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging the Next-Generation Networks (Athena). His research interests include new memory and storage systems, machine learning, neuromorphic computing, and mobile computing systems. His honors include the IEEE Computer Society Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award, the ACM SIGDA Service Award, and being named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to nonvolatile memory technologies. Chen is the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA).

Yiran Chen

ACM-W

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.

Photo of woment at an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing

Ruth Lennon Selected as the Next ACM-W Chair

Ruth Lennon, current chair of ACM-W Europe, has been appointed the next Global Chair of ACM-W. Ruth is the director of Craobh Technology Consulting, an organization that provides personalized solutions to industry problems. She is also a lecturer with 20 years of experience in the Department of Computing at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland, and has been a member of ACM for over 20 years.

Read more about Ruth Lennon's selection as Global Chair on the ACM-W website.

ACM-W Chair Ruth Lennon

ACM Policy Against Harassment

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.

Screening and Panel Discussion on Coded Bias Film, March 29

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.

Accessible Virtual Conferences

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/.

Panel on Valuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Computing

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.

ACM Code of Ethics

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.