Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology
June/July 2016
Volume 6, Issue 3

Welcome to the June/July issue of the CMD-IT eNewsletter!  
In this issue we are pleased to announce our merger with the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC). We conclude our meet the Board of Director series with Sandra Begay and we share professional development opportunities available at the Tapia 2016 conference.  Also, you may recall in our last e-Newsletter we announced CMD-IT's newest initiative, the "Virtual Teams Project". This month we are opening our call for academic and professional mentors to apply to work with our Virtual Teams. 
To include job openings or events to our Community Calendar for the August/September e-newsletter contact Heather Berry

Best regards,

CMD-IT Leadership   

Recent Events
CDC Merges with CMD-IT

Effective May 2016, the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) merged with the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT). CDC started in 1996 as a joint committee of ACM, CRA, and IEEE-CS. CDC has focused on the recruitment and retention of minorities in MS/PhD programs and the transition from the graduate programs to professional careers. The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference started as a CDC project in 2001. CDC and CMD-IT have collaborated closely on the Tapia Conferences and CMD-IT's Academic Career Workshops for Underrepresented Participants. CDC also collaborated with CRA-W on a NSF BPC Alliance that includes the Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU), Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU), Discipline-Specific Mentoring Workshops, Distinguished Lecture Serious, and Mentor Tracks at Hopper and Tapia.

The current CDC co-chairs, Dr. Charles Isbell, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, and Dr. Jeff Forbes, Associate Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Science at Duke University, approached CMD-IT about a possible merger in March. Given the overlap of the missions of CDC and CMD-IT, along with their history of collaboration on programs to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of minorities and people with disabilities in computing, a merger of the two organizations was appropriate. As part of the merger, Dr.Charles Isbell, Dr. Jeff Forbes, Dr. Jamika Burge and Dr. Manuel Perez-Quinones (current and former CDC leadership)
are now members of the CMD-IT Board of Advisors. CMD-IT will maintain the webpages detailing the history of CDC. Everyone is very excited about the new opportunities that will result from the merger.

Tapia 2016 Conference Opens with Professional Development Sessions 

Since the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference became an annual conference in 2013, Tapia leadership has continued to develop a robust conference program that matches the growth the conference has experienced each year. Recognizing the increased number of attendees from the industry sector, conference organizers added a professional development workshop to last year's program for industry participants which was well received. 

With over 1,000 attendees expected and over 20 new academic and industry sponsors to the conference, this year's conference will provide an exciting atmosphere for learning and knowledge sharing in September. CMD-IT will be providing professional development for undergraduate and masters level students through the Student Professional Development Workshop sponsored by Facebook and Microsoft on Wednesday, September 14 at the start of the conference. Students will attend sessions on resume writing and interviewing skills which will help them prepare for onsite recruiting/interviewing at the Tapia conference and during the industry recruiting season. 

Industry and academic professionals will be able to attend a professional development session  Effective Communication - The Hidden Success Factor.  This workshop facilitated by Sabrina Coleman, Founder and CEO of Mahoghany Coaching and Development, is designed to help professionals hone their interpersonal communication skills to help them achieve success in their careers. 

Conference attendees can sign up for these sessions when they register for the conference
Meet the Board of Directors
Sandra Begay
CMD-IT Board Member

Sandra Begay is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and is a former Regent (Trustee) for the University of New Mexico. Sandra leads Sandia's technical efforts to assist Native American tribes with their renewable energy developments. Sandra received a Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering degree from the University of New Mexico. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories before she earned a Master of Science - Structural Engineering degree from Stanford University.  

Honored with awards for her work, Sandra is a recent recipient of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's Life-time Achievement Award; the University of New Mexico's 2007 Zia Alumnus Award; the 2005 UNM School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award and she received the Stanford University 2000 Multicultural Alumni of the Year Award. She was also selected as a recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.
Education Corner

Call for CMD-IT Virtual Team Mentors

In CMD-IT's last e-Newsletter, we announced our new initiative " Virtual Teams" which is designed to keep students engaged between the ACM Richard Tapia Diversity in Computing Conferences.  The launch of Virtual Teams is already underway, with students signing up as they register for the 2016 conference. 

Stage two of the Virtual Teams  launch consists of opening our call for well rounded academic and professional mentors.  This step is crucial to the success of the Virtual Teams  project, as mentors will serve as the facilitators for the teams.  

Each student group of approximately ten students will be paired with an academic or professional mentor, who will facilitate discussions, monitor engagement, and provide advice as needed.  For the first year of the project, we will launch ten Virtual Team groups after the Tapia 2016 Conference. 
If you are interested in leading a CMD-IT Virtual Team  APPLY HERE
In This Issue
Tapia 2016 Conference Deadlines
June 30 - Deadline to Apply for Saturday Sessions for Students

Community Calendar
26 June

31 July- 4 August

31 July- 6 August

1-30 August
3-4 August

3-7 August
10-13 August 
11 August
12 August

31 August
14-17 September
29 September- 1
1 October
13-15 October
19-21 October
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