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.
Gloria Childress Townsend is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at DePauw University. As a keynote speaker at SIGCSE 2019, she discussed the strategies the university employed to reach the milestone of awarding 47% of its undergraduate Computer Science degrees to women. Townsend was active with the ACM Women’s Council (ACM-W) for 17 years, having played leadership roles in the growth of ACM-W chapters, as well as founding the ACM Celebrations initiative. She received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community and SIGCAS's Making a Difference Award.
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