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April 2017
Volume 7, Issue 2

Welcome to the April 2017 issue of the CMD-IT eNewsletter!
We are pleased to announce that we have extended the deadline for nominations for the CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities to May 31st. 

As you know, April is Autism Awareness Month. Learn about SAP's innovative Autism at Work Program which enables employees with autism to thrive in the workplace.

Be sure to review the key learnings of the 2017 Academic Careers Workshop held in Houston Texas this month.
To include job openings or events to our Community Calendar for the May e-newsletter contact Andrea Raines
Best regards,
CMD-IT Leadership   
CMD-IT University Award
CMD-IT University Award Submission Deadline Extended to May 31

The CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science recognizes US institutions that have demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the computer science baccalaureate degree production of minorities and students with disabilities, through effective retention programs. The 2017 University Award is sponsored by  Microsoft, Inc
Award decisions will be based on quantitative and qualitative reporting of results. The qualitative reporting includes details about the institution, the unit that awards the undergraduate computer science degree, and descriptions of the retention programs. The quantitative reporting includes a five year history of retention data.  All nominations will remain confidential. Each participating university will receive a detailed report that summarizes the data across all participating institutions.
Nominate your university!
The nomination process entails a  two step process.
1. Complete the  nomination form.
2. Once your nomination form has been received, you will be sent an excel file to provide your five year history of retention data and details regarding your retention programs. Your complete package must be submitted via the link provided by May 31, 2017.

2017 CMD-IT University Award Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2017.
  • Notification date: June 15, 2017.
The CMD-IT University Award Recognition will take place at the  2017 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference.
For questions regarding the CMD-IT University Award nominations, please contact  Manuel Perez Quinones.
Supporting Diversity
SAP Autism at Work
One percent (1%) of society is classed as being on the autistic spectrum.  Many companies overlook these potential members of their workforce.  SAP recognizes that many autistic employees can concentrate on repetitive tasks for long periods, have superior attention to detail, communicate honestly, and bring new perspectives to the workplace - all traits tech employers value. SAP Autism at Work Initiative was launched globally in 2013 in partnership with Specialisterne with the purpose of providing meaningful and rewarding employment opportunities for people in the autism spectrum. 
Autism at Work begins with a recruitment program designed to put potential employees at ease and help identify skills that will be beneficial at work. Candidates attend a  four week training program to help prepare for the work place they are entering. During this training they are introduced to a strong circle of support that has been created for the employee, including the team manager, HR Business partners, trained job coaches, team buddies and mentors who provide them with a valuable social outlet. Additional job support and coaching is provided once the employee begins work.
" There is a rationale behind our efforts to employ people with autism at SAP. We at SAP firmly believe that a cornerstone element of innovation is the diversity of those who participate in the creative process and the perspectives they bring to the table. The relentless pace of innovation in the high tech industry is of key importance as obsolescence and irrelevancy can happen in very short time cycles," said Jose Velazco, Vice-President of Operations and Strategy and Lead of the Autism at Work program globally at SAP during his testimony to Congress.  Learn more about SAP's Autism at Work Program.
2017 Academic Careers Workshop 
Key Learnings from the 2017 Academic 
Careers Workshop 

CMD-IT, in collaboration with AccessComputing , and   CAHSI , organized the 2017 Academic Careers Workshop for Underrepresented Participants (ACW) on April 6-9 at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas. The workshop included 21 individuals representing 20 different academic institutions from across the United States and Puerto  Rico. These individuals included assistant and associate professors, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students. The workshop provides critical information on thriving in an academic career path, with a focus on participants and panelists from underrepresented groups.

Key learnings from the ACW included:
  • The importance of having a clear one minute elevator pitch that highlights the purpose and focus of your research.
  • The Joys of Administration: How to Continue with Research panelists' key advice included being sure to negotiate for resources to continue your research, blocking and protecting time on your schedule and consider hierarchical advising of students.
  • Ann Gates, University of Texas at El Paso, in "Demystifying the Promotion and Tenure Process", highlighted the importance of aligning your research, teaching and service efforts with the mission of the university, college and department.  Also critical are being aware when University expectations change, having clear evidence of accomplishments that merit tenure or promotions, having letter writers lined up and networking.
  • When selecting a University to launch your career consider the teaching load, administrative support, service and research expectations, and the faculty reward system.
  • The importance of scheduling significant time for proposal writing and the significant learning that occurs from serving on proposal review panels. 
ACW also provides the participants with the unique experience of participating in mock proposal review panels. Additional information about the ACW can be found on the CMD-IT website.
In This Issue
Diversity Awareness
April is Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. 
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