SCS DEI Update

Mar. 18, 2022

CMU-Q Offers Two Seminars on Empowering the Self

Join world class speaker and author Melody Wilding for two seminars on Tuesday, March 29, when she'll offer brilliant insights, impactful exercises and cutting-edge research on how to build self-awareness, tame self-sabotage and cultivate resilience. The first seminar, "Find Freedom From Imposter Syndrome," will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. EDT, and the second seminar, "Saying No and Setting Boundaries at Work With Grace and Professionalism," will follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Use this form to register.

NSF Offers Additional CISE Graduate Fellowships

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter, announcing an intention to continue to support CISE Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US). In particular, CSGrad4US is intended for individuals who have some practical experience following their bachelor’s degree and are interested in pursuing a research-based doctoral degree. The goals of the CSGrad4US Fellowships are to: 1) select, recognize and financially support early-career individuals with the demonstrated potential to be high-achieving CISE researchers and innovators; and 2) to broaden participation among groups underrepresented in CISE disciplines, including women, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities. The CSGrad4US Fellowship uses a two-phased process, comprising (i) part-time mentored preparation, followed by (ii) the fellowship itself, which constitutes three years of support for graduate study that leads to a research-based doctoral degree in a CISE discipline. Learn more on the NSF website.

Exploring Computing and Information Sciences/Technology for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates in computing and technology fields are invited to join a virtual workshop about computing/technology research and applying to graduate school. The workshop will be led by Raja Kushalnagar, from Gallaudet University. Deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates nationwide in computing and technology fields are invited to attend. Current graduate students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing will share their experiences about applying to graduate school. Students who participate in the entire program will receive a $50 stipend. Funding for this workshop is provided by Google Explore CSR with additional support from AccessComputing. Sign language interpreters and captioning will be available for all participants. The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. PDT (6 to 8 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, April 19. Register using this form.

Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference

The CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference is scheduled for Sept. 6–10. The research poster sessions provide an opportunity for students to present their latest research results and methodologies to a wide conference audience and to network with peers and experts in their research area. You can become a Tapia 2022 reviewer by volunteering one or two hours to review three or five poster submissions. CMD-IT will provide a one-hour training to all reviewers and provide guidelines to help you select content for the Tapia 2022 program. If you are interested, complete the Reviewer Sign Up Form.

Girls Youth Resident Leader Program, Summer 2022

Virginia Tech is running a Tech Girls Youth Resident Leader program this summer. TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by Legacy International. TechGirls connects and supports the next generation of women leaders (ages 15–17) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a dynamic youth exchange program in the United States. The TechGirls program brings together 136 young women from 35 countries/territories. The program is hiring 13 energetic, passionate and organized women (ages 21+) who can build community and facilitate a fast-paced exchange program. Apply for the TechGirls Youth Resident Assistant/Group Leader position at the TechGirls website before Friday, April 15. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to apply. 

Out for Undergrad Technology Conference

Applications for the Out for Undergrad Technology Conference (O4UT) are now open! O4UT continues to be the premier conference for LGBTQ+ students who are interested in developing their professional careers in technology. Flights, hotel and conference costs are covered entirely by O4U, with no application or registration fee. Apply on the O4UT website to obtain free conference attendance.

Thank you,
The SCS DEI Team