Welcome to the October 2017 issue of the CMD-IT eNewsletter! We hope everyone had a wonderful Hispanic Heritage month.
We are pleased to announce that the 11th ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing was a rousing success. We were completely sold out with 1192 attendees. Please check out our story below with some of our highlights.
At Tapia 2017 Georgia Tech received the first CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science. Read all about the award and check out some of University practices that are resulting in increased retention rates.
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Tapia 2017 Achieves
Record Breaking Turnout
Dr. Manuel Perez Quinones
Richard Tapia Achievement Award Winner
CMD-IT announced a record-breaking turnout of 1192 attendees for the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, an increase of 123.5% over 2016. Themed "Diversity Simply Smarter," the Tapia Conference was held September 20-23 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Tapia Conference brings together students, faculty, researchers and professionals from all backgrounds and ethnicities in computing, and is the premier venue to promote and celebrate ethnic diversity in the field. The Tapia Conference was sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and presented by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT).
CMD-IT has announced that Georgia Tech has been awarded the first annual CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science. The University Award recognizes US institutions that have demonstrated a commitment and shown results for the retention of students from underrepresented groups in undergraduate Computer Science programs over the last five years. The award, sponsored by Microsoft, is focused on the following underrepresented groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and People with Disabilities. Georgia Tech received the award at Tapia 2017. The award includes a $15,000 cash award.
The CMD-IT University Award decision was based on both Georgia Tech's impressive quantitative reported results, which reflected high retention and graduation rates and qualitative reporting on their various retention program. In particular, Georgia Tech highlighted the following four programs highlighted as directly impacting retention and graduation.
Effective University Practices for Increasing Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science
"Reviewing the University Award submissions from leading universities throughout the United States identified critical best practices for increasing diversity in Computer Science programs. We are very pleased to share some of these best practices," said Valerie Taylor, Executive Director, CMD-IT.
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All of the photographs taken by our official conference photographer have been uploaded into albums on the Tapia Conference and CMD-IT Facebook pages. We encourage everyone to check them out, like their favorites and tag yourself and your friends. If you need high res copies for use in the media or a newsletter please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.