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May 2018
Volume 8, Issue 4

Welcome to the May 2018 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter. This month we're featuring an article on Latinas in Computing and their growing community.  We're also looking ahead to next month, which is LGBTQ Pride Month.  We encourage everyone in our community planning an event to post it on our Facebook Page and we'll highlight the events in next month's newsletter.

We also want to remind everyone that our CMD-IT University Award nominations are due June 11th.

There is still time to become a 2018 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Industry Sponsor.  Learn more about it in our article.
To include job openings or events in our Community Calendar please contact  Jerri Barrett

Best Wishes,
CMD-IT Leadership   
Latinas in Computing

Latinas in Computing (LiC) is a grassroots organization that was founded to define key strategies to promote leadership and professional development among the current and next generations of Latinas in technology.  We spoke with Gilda Garreton, Senior Software Engineer at Intel and a co-founder of LiC.

"LiC was founded after a Birds of a Feather session at the 2006 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).  It was the second community to spin out of GHC and the initial meeting had just 14 attendees.  It became a model for the many other communities that spun out of GHC," said Gilda.

"We deliberately made the choice to come together as a community to support each other, not to create a nonprofit."  Latinas in Computing has grown from the original 14 members to a mailing list of 350 members, a Facebook page of 700 members and over 5000 Twitter (@LatinsinC) followers.  Members of the group can reach out for support and opportunities.  Members seek support on proposals, resumes and presentations.

Today, Latinas in Computing continues to expand its reach.  In 2015, LiC launched the LAtINiTY Conference in Chile with more than 100 conference registrants from 14 Latin American countries.  The conference has continued to grow.  The 2018 LAtINiTY conference will be held in Columbia with 450 participants expected.  LiC is also focusing on developing the next generation of Latinas in Computing leaders and driving visibility for them.  LiC invites anyone interested in helping with this mission to join their mailing list and social media groups.  
Become a #Tapia2018 
Industry Sponsor
 As a Tapia Conference Sponsor you will:
  • Recruit Top Technical Talent. In 2017:
    • 58% of Attendees were Students
    • 3.6 Average GPA for Scholarship Recipients
    • 250 College and Universities Represented
    • 875 Resumes in Tapia Resume Database
  • Participate in an Engaging Program for Your Diverse Communities
    • Inspiring Keynote Speakers
    • Professional Development Sessions that Target Industry
    • Birds of a Feather Sessions to Build Community
  • Increase Visibility of Your Organization and It's Commitment to Diversity
    • Your organization will be promoted on our Social Media Channels, Conference Website and Press Releases (Platinum and Gold Sponsors)
    • National and Local Media invited
Tapia 2017 had 1200 attendees and 99 Sponsors. We're expecting 1400 attendees in 2018. Sponsor benefit packages include numerous opportunities for engagement.  Join Platinum Industry Sponsors, Mozilla and Two Sigma! Download our sponsor benefits packages TODAY!

 CMD-IT University Award Submissions Due June 11th
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. and 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.  
Reminder:  Submit for Google  Travel and Conference Grants 

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).  Applications for Google Travel Grants for the Tapia Conference are due by July 13th.  

In This Issue
Important Tapia 2018 Due Dates
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 Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science, Pomona College, Visit Our Website!

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

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

Next month is LGBTQ Pride Month and we want to hear from you about the activities and resources your organization has available for the LGBTQ community, with a special focus on the intersectionality with CMD-IT's target groups --   African American, Hispanics, Native Americans, and People with Disabilities. 

Tell us about your activities and resources by posting on the CMD-IT Facebook Page or contacting and we'll include it in our June newsletter.

NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals) is offering their Out to Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students in STEM. The submission deadline is June 2.

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