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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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

    Co-Chairs
      Stephanie Ludi  
    Past Chairs
      Lisa Smith
    Members
      Daniel Acuña
      Hemangee Kapoor  
      Cristiano Maciel  
      David Patterson  
      Timothy Pinkston  
      Chris Stephenson  
      Alain Tchana
      Sophie Watson
      Sachiko Yoshihama
    Liaisons
      Yolanda Rankin  

ACM Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Month 2024

ACM recognizes the achievements and efforts of the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the computing and technology field. In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, ACM will be highlighting 2023 ACM Fellow recipients from the AAPI community. Their career work has led to groundbreaking contributions that helped improve the computing field and left an outstanding impact on how technology is used. Follow the series via #CelebratingAAPIMonth and leave us a message on X, Linkedin, Facebook, Mastodon, or Instagram.

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.

Diversifying Award Nominations

In this Tapia Conference panel, ACM CEO Vicki Hanson moderates a discussion with ACM Awards Committee Co-Chair Roy Levin and Awards Committee members Stephanie Ludi and Timothy Pinkston concerning the need to nominate deserving and diverse individuals for Awards and ACM Advanced Member Grades. This panel provides an understanding of ACM’s Awards process from submission to selection, with specific tips for working as a community to develop nominations.

ACM Celebrates Awareness Months

Celebrate Women's History Month 2024 with ACM

This Women's History Month, ACM proudly commemorates the groundbreaking achievements of women in computing. Join us in celebrating their contributions with a curated selection of past People of ACM interviews, ByteCast episodes, TechTalks sessions, and clips from previous diversity panels which will be showcased on ACM's social media accounts throughout the month of March. Additionally, in partnership with Rob O'Connor's podcast, The Machine, ACM Fellow Nuria Oliver discusses her career journey as a woman in the computing field.

ACM Celebrates Black History Month 2024

ACM is celebrating 2024 Black History Month with an interactive Q&A video series! Join us for an enlightening journey as computing students around the world pose burning questions to Black experts in tech, and watch as they share their wisdom and experiences as they address questions such as what role does technology play in addressing social issues, how can a diverse perspective enhance the impact of technological issues, how do you envision the future of computing in terms of inclusivity and diversity, among others.

Global Diversity Awareness Panel 2024

Recent advancements in AI have introduced many to its immense potential and functionality. However, how are AI technologies impacting different communities around the world? View the panel, "A Global Perspective on Contemporary AI," featuring Alain Tchana from the LIG laboratory, Kalika Bali from Microsoft Research India, Nadia Rodríguez Rodríguez from the University of Lima, and Aboubakar Mountapmbeme from the University of North Texas. Their discussion explores the crucial need to involve the global community in AI development and the inclusion of underrepresented cultures in its coding to make AI accessible to all.

ACM Celebrates Diversity in Computing & Technology

At ACM, our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is fundamental to our mission. Diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences enrich the ACM community and strengthen ACM’s ability to support the computing communities globally. By acknowledging and celebrating the unique qualities of diverse membership, ACM cultivates an inclusive environment where all are supported and empowered to inspire and assist others. Awareness months are a time dedicated to reflection, education, and engagement to understand and embrace the diverse backgrounds within the ACM community. We invite you to join ACM in these celebrations as we strive to create inclusive and equitable environments for all within the computing community.

CACM Articles

Global Perspectives of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI is now a globally-established concept—but what does that concept mean to around the globe? Here, several ACM luminaries who have lived on multiple continents briefly discuss how diversity, equity, and inclusion varies in their experience,. They also offer examples of how potentially marginalized communities—based possibly on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, cultural background, religion, age, or other aspects—can be similar and how they can vary. Read the Viewpoint article in the December 2022 issue of Communications of the ACM.

The Lives of Hidden Figures

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.

An Analysis of Black Faculty in CS Research Departments

Most ACM members reside outside the United States, with varying diversity issues around the world. In "An Analysis of Black Faculty in CS Research Departments," Juan E. Gilbert, et al. thought it would be enlightening to do a case study on one marginalized group in the US in the hopes that the lessons learned could be helpful to other groups and in other regions. This particular case study is on the education origins of African-American faculty members in Computer Science (CS) at US universities. Learn about the results and the authors' conclusions in the February 2023 issue of Communications of the ACM.

DEI Articles in Communications of the ACM

Through Communications of the ACM, the ACM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council contributes  articles to promote an open conversation related to topics on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Fostering an inclusive environment for members of different ages, races, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, and backgrounds to feel welcome to participate is important for the ACM DEI Council. ACM welcomes you to read the DEI articles and partake in the conversation on building an inclusive environment that benefits all. 

DEI Webinars

Ethical Quandaries in AI-ML: Facing the Tough Questions

This talk was a follow-up to the April 19, 2023 webinar with Mehran Sahami of Stanford University, "Confronting Ethical Challenges in a High-Tech World." Sahami and a panel of AI-ML experts from industry and academia—Tulsee Doshi, Susan Epstein, and Kush Varshney—explored some of the ethical questions raised in that session including the role of human values in AI algorithms, bias in AI-ML and the impact of diverse teams in reducing bias, and data privacy. The talk was moderated by Fay Cobb Payton and Susan Reiser of the DEI-CE.

DEI in Computing Education Webinar

Machine Learning has tremendous potential for developing tools to improve efficiency and accuracy in decision-making. However, ML also has the potential to lead to outcomes that reinforce human biases, disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, and violate notions of privacy. View the panel "Confronting Ethical Challenges in a High-Tech World," with Mehran Sahami and moderators Fay Cobb Payton and Susan Reiser as they explore some of the promise and perils that arise from Machine Learning to understand both some of the ethical issues and competing value trade-offs at stake.

Language Matters: DEI and the Question of URM

View 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.

DEI CE Webinars

The ACM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council facilitates discussion panels on biases and ethical challenges in technology. Committed to fostering an inclusive environment in both workplaces and academic settings, the DEI Council organizes webinars that encourage conversation on biases within tech and how to confront those biases to create a more equitable space for everyone in the computing community.

 

People of ACM

Meet Gérard Medioni

Gérard G. Medioni is a Vice President and Distinguished Scientist at Amazon. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California, where he served as Chairman of the Computer Science Department from 2001 to 2007. Medioni joined Amazon in 2014 to help create Just Walk Out technology. He was named an ACM Fellow for contributions to computer vision and its consumer-facing applications. In his interview, he discusses early computer vision work, the most transformative innovations in the field, and more

Meet Lauren Wilcox

Lauren Wilcox is a Senior Director and Distinguished Applied Scientist at eBay, where she leads eBay’s Office of Responsible AI. Wilcox has held research and organizational leadership roles in both industry and academia. At Google Research, she was a senior staff research scientist and group manager of the Technology, AI, Society & Culture (TASC) team. In her interview, she discusses her present role at eBay, an area at the intersection of AI and society that requires attention, and more.

Meet Zvi Galil

Zvi Galil is the Frederick G. Storey Chair and Executive Advisor to Online Programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). His earlier positions have included Dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, President of Tel Aviv University, Chair of Columbia University’s Computer Science Department, and Dean of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In his interview, he discusses his key accomplishments as the Dean of the Columbia School of Engineering, his innovative Online Master of Science Degree in Computer Science program, and more.

People of ACM - Bulletin Archive

"People of ACM" highlights the unique scientific accomplishments and compelling personal attributes of ACM members who are making a difference in advancing computing as a science and a profession. These bulletins feature ACM members whose personal and professional stories are a source of inspiration for the larger computing community.

ACM TechTalks

Reskilling to Build Diverse Tech Teams

View the recent Techtalk "Reskilling to Build Diverse Tech Teams." Panelists include Sue Black, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Marlene Mhangami, Tan Moorthy, and Brad Voeller. Continue the discussion on ACM's Discourse Page.

Learning from Data: The Two Cultures

View the recent ACM TechTalk, "Learning from Data: The Two Cultures", presented by Adji Bousso Dieng, Founder of The Africa I Know, researcher at Google, and an incoming tenure-track assistant professor of computer science at Princeton University. Continue the discussion on ACM's Discourse Page.

Image of Adji Bousso Dieng

The Evolution of Accessibility

View the recent ACM TechTalk, "The Evolution of Accessibility," presented by Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft. Eve Andersson, Senior Director of Product Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility at Google, moderated the questions and answers session following the talk. Continue the discussion on ACM's Discourse Page.

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

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.

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.