ACM Celebrates Global Diversity Awareness Month 2022

Throughout October 2022, ACM launched an #IAmACM campaign highlighting the unique scientific accomplishments of ACM experts featured in this year's People of ACM series. 

image of Tawanna Dillah; quote: "How many of us have interacted with and spoken to people with no connection to academia who use our innovations on a day-to-day basis?"


image of Felix Naumann; quote: "regarding data not as they are, but as artifacts with a change history leading up to their current value, provides a new perspective for many use cases."


image of Jean camp; quote: "Supporting human decision-making means communicating risks and the implications of their choices in a manner that aligns with their understanding."


image of Marcela Arenas; quote: "I can imagine that the ability of machines to understand web data will be much higher in five to ten years."


image of Ponnurangam-Kumaraguru; quote: "Can we explain the project to a relative that might not be familiar with computing? Are they able to understand and relate to it?”


image of Dietmar Jannach; quote: "there is a lot of promise in modern machine learning algorithms, for example, when it comes to building more interactive and conversational forms of recommender systems."


image of Feifei Li; quote: "The decoupling of computation and storage, as well as the pooling of various resources (computer and storage resources), allows the cloud-native database system to be self-adaptive."


image of Shaosha Liu; quote: "A universal deployment of fully autonomous vehicles is not merely a technical question, it is highly related to the economic development status in each country, the maturity of the autonomous driving supply chain, the regulatory landscape, etc."


image of Carla Brodley; quote: "I have decided to focus my research on broadening participation in computing and, in particular, how to create systemic and sustainable change in academia."


image of Yiren Chen; quote: "Making memory and storage systems more 'intelligent' has emerged as a popular solution to alleviate the systems' reliance on memory bandwidth and expediate the data processing."


image of Thomas Zimmermann; quote: "The focus of software engineering will move from writing code from scratch to reviewing code written and tested by AI."


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.

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.