The annual Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing (aka the Tapia Conference), sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, is known as the premier venue to acknowledge, promote, and celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate the diversity that exists in computing; connect with others to create communities of shared interest or identity that extend beyond the conference; obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry; and be inspired by great presentations and conversations. The 2019 Tapia conference theme, Diversity: Building a Stronger Future, reminds us of the critical role of diversity in computing innovation and the creation of the future of all aspects of STEM.
Where can you find NCWIT?
Increasing Diversity in Computing: Sharing of Good Practices // Thursday, September 19, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. // Location: Marriott 2
This panel will provide an opportunity for representatives from the NSF-funded Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances and other organizations to share their promising practices around increasing diversity in computing. The NSF BPC Alliances were established between 2006 and 2009 to increase the number and diversity of college graduates in the computing and computationally-intensive disciplines. The Alliances are national and regional collaborations of academic institutions, educators, professional societies, community organizations, and industry partners. The panelists will share information about their organization and how their programs have broadened participation in computing via a world cafe setting.
NCWIT will be represented at this session by K-12 Alliance and TECHNOLOchicas Director Jannie Fernandez.
What Would You Say if… Responding to Microaggressions, Bias, and Other Nonsense // Friday, September 20, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. // Location: Marriott 11
Unfortunately, the work of advocating for diversity and addressing biased statements often falls on people from minoritized or marginalized groups. The workshop seeks to help Tapia attendees build their capacity to recognize and respond to bias in their environments. Attendees will learn and practice strategies for addressing biased statements. This will be facilitated by playing four rounds of a research-based game learning approach developed by the NSF-funded project CSTeachingTips.org (1339404, 1821136). All attendees will receive a printed copy of the game and a link to download and print more copies. A version of this workshop was well attended and well received in previous years at SIGCSE and Tapia.
presented by NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) Member Representatives Colleen Lewis and Kyla McMullen with K-12 Alliance & TECHNOLOchicas Director Jannie Fernandez
Tapia 2019 Aspirations in Computing Social Hour with NCWIT // Thursday, September 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. // Location: Seasons 52
Aspirations in Computing Community members who are either local to San Diego or attending the conference are welcome to attend the 2019 Tapia Meetup. This is a BFF (Bring a Female Friend) event, and is open to all AiC members and their female-identifying friends who are interested in computing and technology. Please RSVP here.
Stop by our booth to meet our team, learn more about NCWIT programs, and pick up the latest resources to support your change-leading efforts!