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August 2017
Volume 7, Issue 6

Welcome to the August 2017 issue of the CMD-IT eNewsletter!
We are less than a month away from the September 20th opening of the  ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference.  We are close to selling out the conference so if you are planning to attend please Register Today

In 2016 CMD-IT announced a new program - Virtual Teams for Tapia student attendees.  Read about what's new in 2017 in the program.

We're very pleased to announce that CMD-IT has received a $20,000 grant from Motorola Solutions. Read our announcement below.
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CMD-IT Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

CMD-IT, the national Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology, has announced it has received a grant for $20,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, CMD-IT will support the Black Women in Computing (BWiC) Gaming Workshop, part of the Pathways to STEM program, being held at the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 24, 2017. 

The BWiC workshop is a one day family code day that boasts activities that include audiences of middle and high school students (ages 13-18), including their parents.  Participants are introduced to computer science principles using a visual art digital design tool for learning Javascript code and how to be a good Cyber citizen.  

The workshop's purpose is to increase students' interest in computer science and programming, to promote education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to support historically under-served and underrepresented students with limited opportunities or access to resources. This workshop is geared toward students with no prior experience in computer science or programming and will host 75-100 underrepresented minority students from the Atlanta area.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as CMD-IT, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented and under-served populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

"CMD-IT is pleased to co-sponsor with Black Women in Computing and Motorola Solutions the BWiC Gaming Workshop at the 2017 Tapia Conference.  Expanding opportunities for students to be exposed to computing is critical to inspiring the next generation of computer scientists," said Valerie Taylor, Executive Director, CMD-IT.

This is the second year Motorola Solutions Foundation, BWiC and CMD-IT have sponsored this workshop.  Last year 35 high school students attended the program.  "Everyone at Black Women in Computing is thrilled to be doubling the size of the workshop this year.  Our workshop not only involves students, but also engages their parents who are invited to attend," said Danielle Cummings, BWiC Chair.

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

"Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of CMD-IT.  As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow's technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today's safety needs," said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: and for more information or to volunteer for the BWiC Gaming Workshop at Tapia visit their website
Supporting Diversity
CMD-IT Virtual Teams

Attendees agree, when you leave the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing you are inspired and motivated by all the amazing new connections you made during the conference. As Tapia grows there are even more people to meet - future collaborators, colleagues and friends. In order to help keep the momentum you have created at the conference going, CMD-IT introduced CMD-IT Virtual Teams at the 2016 Tapia Conference. The goal of the Virtual Teams is to create a shared space where Tapia 2017 undergraduate attendees can connect.  Volunteer moderators help keep the conversation going with suggested weekly topics.  Team members can participate by sharing their experiences, suggestions and advice. To simplify connections the Virtual Teams have been created using Slack. A dedicated channel enables everyone to communicate easily when it is convenient for them.

Dr. Ronald Metoyer, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Special Initiatives Computer Science & Engineering, University of Notre Dame, explains how the Virtual Teams program is changing for Tapia 2017 attendees.  "For 2016 the Virtual Team was kept deliberately small so we could evolve the teams as we went along. This year every undergraduate Tapia attendee is invited to join the team. If you would like to join the team simply stop by the CMD-IT table at the Career Fair and sign up. We are also looking for academics and industry professionals interested in being volunteer mentors. Mentors are required to attend a short webinar. This year we will also be offering structured conversations on topics that will be useful to undergraduate attendees as they pursue their degrees and plan their careers. And of course we'll still have opportunities for networking and getting your questions answered."

To learn more or to volunteer as a mentor email or stop by the CMD-IT booth at the Tapia 2017 Career Fair.
In This Issue
National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15. Initially instituted as a weeklong celebration on September 15, 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Congress later expanded the holiday to last an entire month in 1989.  During the National Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

We encourage all our readers to tweet about Hispanic and Latino Americans who have made a contribution to computing.
Tapia 2017 Hotel

Tapia 2017 is being held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta September 20-23, 2017. Make sure to secure your room today before they sell out.
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Community Calendar
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20-22 September

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21-23 September

28 September- 1 October

04-06 October

18-22 October

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19-21 October

24 October 

26-28 October 

28-30 October

30-31 October

1-5 November

3-5 November

3-5 November 

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16 November 

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