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October 2019
Volume 9, Issue 9
Welcome to the October 2019 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter.  This month we are doing a wrap up of our 2019 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, which is presented by CMD-IT.  We also highlight the winner of the 2019 CMD-IT University Award.

We'd like to remind all our attendees to be sure to complete your Tapia 2019 survey.  Our photos can be found in our ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Facebook Group.

If you are an academic or industry professional and interested in participating as a committee member in #Tapia2020 in Dallas, Texas please let us know. 

Best Regards,
CMD-IT Leadership   
Tapia 2019 
The 2019  ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference , presented by CMD-IT, was held September 18-21 in San Diego, California.  Thanks to all of our attendees for participating in the conference.  The Tapia 2019 conference broke previous attendance records with 1920 total registrants, an increase of 34% over Tapia 2018.  Tapia conference maintains significant participation from students, with 57% student attendees.

Tapia 2019 featured talks by academic,  national labs and industry leaders.  Featured talks included:
The Fireside Chat: Misinformation Evolved:  The Long Road Ahead included panelists Charles Isbell, John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean of College of Computing, Georgia Tech; Uthra Ramanujam, Executive Director, Software Engineering - Operations Innovation and Emerging Technology, JP Morgan Chase; Maja Vukovic, Manager, Principal Research Staff Member, Cognitive Service Management, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and moderator Joel Branch, VP of AI Development, Lucd, Inc.


Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO, Blendoor who spoke about Hacking Human & Algorithmic Bias .  


Be sure to join us September 16-19, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.
2019 CMD-IT University Award   University of Texas at El Paso

The Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) announced The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as the recipient of the third 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. UTEP received the award  at the 2019 Tapia Conference. The award included a $15,000 cash award.

The CMD-IT University Award decision was based on UTEP's impressive quantitative reported results, which reflected high retention and graduation rates, and qualitative reporting on their various retention programs. In particular, UTEP highlighted the following programs as directly impacting retention:
  • Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institution (CAHSI)
  • Implementation of the Affinity Research Group Model (ARG)
  • Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)
  • NSF-funded Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science (RED) grant
  • TechSpark City
See the CMD-IT website for details about each of the programs.
In This Issue
FLIP Alliance University Deadlines
What are the FLIP Alliance Universities?  They are the Universities that produce a majority of the computer science faculty at research universities.  

The universities have come together as part of an  NSF INCLUDES grant to form the FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance  to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future faculty in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field.

Application deadlines are coming soon. Many of the institutions offer application waivers for students with financial need.

December 3, 2019
Stanford University

December 12, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University 

December 16, 2019
University of Washington

Job Postings
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Reed College

Khoury College of Computer Sciences,  Northeastern University

Assistant and Associate Professors
University of North Texas

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