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  March 2020
Volume 10, Issue 3
Welcome to the March 2020 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter. 

We recognize what a challenging time this is for all of our community members.  Many of us are adjusting to being at home full time. We encourage everyone to reach out and participate in our CMD-IT communities including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Please check out our COVID-19 Update.

We have extended our deadlines for the 2020 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Call for Participation and Scholarship applications to April 13th.  Thank you to all our committee chairs and members for your flexibility. Please be sure to submit your applications soon and for scholarship applicants we will also need your faculty recommendation by April 13th. 

To celebrate Women's History Month we are highlighting two of the women who are helping to create community for the 2020 Tapia Conference.  Andrea Delgado-Olson and Fatimah Richmond are working together to plan the Birds of a Feather sessions for the conference in September.  

Please stay safe and healthy everyone.

Best Regards,
CMD-IT Leadership   
Fatimah Richmond Tapia Birds of a Feather Chair
Fatimah Richmond, User Research Operations Manager at LinkedIn, is the 2020 Tapia Birds of a Feather Committee Chair.  We interviewed Fatimah about her career and how she became involved in the Tapia Conference.

Tell me about your background.

I grew up in a working-class household in Atlanta Georgia, my mother retired in customer service and my late father was in the trucking industry. I have a younger brother, and three older brothers who were all in some form of military throughout my life, so my household had a lot of structure and order. Growing up in the South, coming of age in the 90s, with that contrast of structure and chaos, and being the only girl are all profound forces that shaped my character today. 

How did you become interested in Computer Science?

During high school I was introduced to Computer Science, while a student in our Math and Science Academy. My math and computer science teachers introduced me to the field, and nurtured my excitement for the topic by entering me into computer science competitions across the state. Additionally one of my older brothers also studied Information Technology, so he provided a good peek into the outlook of the field. I also had a desire to move beyond the environment that shaped my childhood, and a career in computer science provided that opportunity. In addition to that strong desire, I had a natural inclination toward the logical and analytical thinking required to solve coding problems. Once I began studying in college, at Tuskegee University,  I found a second passion for the creative and system thinking skills that led me into the subfield of Human-Computer Interaction (H.C.I). H.C.I is the study of how humans interact with computer interfaces, known as User Experience (UX) in the industry.

Andrea Delgado-Olson
Tapia Birds of a Feather 
Deputy Chair
Andrea Delgado-Olson is the Senior Program Manager for Systers and GHC Communities at  Andrea is the Deputy Chair of the Birds of a Feather Committee for the 2020 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.   We interviewed Andrea about her career, the importance of building communities and how she has become involved with the Tapia Conference.

Tell me about your life growing up.

I was born in Oakland California and grew up 10 miles away in Orinda during my middle school years.  My father was a financial business manager for the Peralta School District, my mother was the Director of the San Francisco Bay Area field office for the Office of Special Counsel. I grew up surrounded by strong women - my mother, my grandmother and my great grandmother.  I also had a large extended family, our most recent family reunion had over three hundred people.

Did you start off in Computer Science?

I actually started out studying biotechnology at a local community college, I loved math and science.  I ended up getting into teaching in 1998, after I had my first son. I took an early childhood education class and then took 12 units to become a teacher by getting my certificate of completion.  I taught pre-school in Moraga for 15 years and I had two more children.

In This Issue
#Tapia2020 Due Dates
April 13 - Call For Participation Submissions Due
April 13 - Scholarship Applications Due for Poster and Doctoral Consortium Submitters
April 13 - Scholarship Applications Due for All Others
July 1 - Sponsorship Signup Priority Deadline
Congratulations To Valerie Taylor
Congratulations to Valerie Taylor, CEO of CMD-IT for receiving the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award in Electrical Engineering awarded by the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The award winners are selected for their record of sustained excellence in research and engineering, leadership in the profession and in public affairs, and service/support to UC Berkeley. 

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