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April 2018
Volume 8, Issue 3

Welcome to the April 2018 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter.  In this month's issue we wanted to highlight a few special programs that have taken place this month that support diversity in computing.  In particular, we highlight the #blackcomputerHER conference, which took place on April 6-7 and the launch of their Fellows program.

It's hard to believe that the 2018 Tapia Conference is only five months away!  Our program decisions went out this week.  We'll be opening registration next month.  For those who did not submit a scholarship application, consider applying for a Microsoft or Google Conference Travel Grant.  See our story below for more details.

We also want to remind everyone that our CMD-IT University Award call for nominations is now open.
To include job openings or events in our Community Calendar please contact  Jerri Barrett

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CMD-IT Leadership   
Microsoft and Google Offer 
Travel and Conference Grants 
We're pleased to announce that Google and Microsoft are both offering grant programs to help support travel to conferences including the 2018 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference.

To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups in computer science from attending leading tech conferences, Google Travel and Conference Grants are available for selected conferences in Computer Science and related fields. Grants are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans). To learn more go to  Applications for Tapia grants are due by July 13th.

The Microsoft Diversity Conference Scholarship awards conference scholarships designed to empower the students that study Computer Science and related STEM fields, especially those individuals from backgrounds that may historically have been underrepresented in the technical field. They also prioritize applicants that demonstrate exceptional leadership work in the promotion of diversity in STEM. To learn more go to  Applications for Microsoft Diversity Conference Scholarship Awards are due May 5th!

#blackcomputeHER Conference 
Over one hundred women gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 5 - 7, 2018 for the second annual #blackcomputeHER conference.  The conference attendees included students (graduate and undergraduate) and career women (early career through senior-level) in computing careers. Session topics focused on entrepreneurship, career-life balance, technology and social behavior, privacy and security, big data modeling, and digital media strategy. A conference highlight was  a panel discussion titled,   Getting to the C-Suite: What You Need To Know, which featured five black women C-suite executives from ITSMF, HP Inc., Intel, and the Robinson Group Consulting.   Sponsors for this year's conference included HP, Inc., Intel, , National Center for Women & Information Technology, Association of Computing Machinery - Women, and the National Science Foundation.

This year also served as the official kickoff for the #blackcomputeHER Fellows program.  This program features a cohort-based, leadership development model designed to provide year-long mentorship, technical training, and leadership development in support of building black women leaders in computing and tech.  In this year's Fellows program, eighteen participants will engage with senior tech executives and develop long-term relationships with professionals in the tech community.  The conference and Fellows program comprise the growing collection of blackcomputeHER activities designed to serve as a platform to support the community of black women and girls in computing and technology through education and professional development initiatives. For more information about the conference, the Fellows program, or their mission visit
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month
Each year during the month of April, individuals and organizations across the globe celebrate Autism Awareness Month with events to educate local communities and raise public awareness about autism. Almost 50 years have passed since the Autism Society held the first National Autism Awareness month in April of 1970. 

Tech companies are recognizing the benefits of hiring for diversity, including neurodiversity.  A group of tech companies including SAP, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Bloomberg, and Microsoft came together earlier this week to host the Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair. The goal of this event was to connect job candidates with Autism to organizations with #InclusiveHiring programs.  
It is with great pleasure that CMD-IT extends our heartfelt congratulations to Richard Ladner, who received the 2018  Strache Leadership Award for impact on accessibility education and research, from the Center on Disabilities at California State University. Richard Ladner was the recipient of the 2016 Richard Tapia Award and is a member of the CMD-IT Board of Directors.
Submit Your University for the
 CMD-IT University Award Today!
The CMD-IT University Award recognizes a US institution that has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the computer science baccalaureate degree production of minorities and students with disabilities through effective retention programs. The 2018 University Award is sponsored by  Microsoft, Inc.  The CMD-IT University Award includes:
Award decisions will be based on quantitative and qualitative reporting of results. 

Award submissions are due: June 11, 2018

The University Award will be given out at the  2018 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, September 19-22, 2018 in Orlando, FL.  
In This Issue
Job Postings
Multiple Tenure Track Assistant Professor Positions:(1) analog-RF design, (2) cybersecurity, and (3) machine learning. BU Electrical and Computer Engineering, Visit Our Website

Tenure-track, research-track, or teaching-track positions in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   Visit Our Website

2 Assistant Professor Positions in computer and information technology, Purdue University:  Visit Our Website!

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science, Pomona College, Visit Our Website!

Project Manager/Systems Analyst, Western Washington University, Visit Our Website!

Community Calendar
30 April

1 May

11 May

11 May

15 May

15-17 May

22 May

25 May

24-27 June

3-8 July

7-10 July

11-15 July

9-11 August

13-15 September

19-22 September

26-28 September

4-6 October

6-8 October

17-21 October

18-20 October

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