CHCI Participation in TAPIA 2022
September 19. 2022
The 2022 CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was held in Washington, DC, September 7-11. Tapia is 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 with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities 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 with leaders with common backgrounds.
VT Computer Science and CHCI alumna, Stacy Branham (Assistant Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine) was the keynote speaker at the CMD-IT/ACM Richard TAPIA Conference, 2022. Her presentation was titled, “Hello World, I have disabilities.” She believes that making computing accessible and anti-ableist requires the whole community. While sharing her experience as a speaker, she said, “It was a joy and honor to share my experience as a person with a mental illness (aka invisible disability) in computing and academia.”
CHCI faculty affiliates, Brianna Posadas (Assistant Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Science)organized the Hispanics in Computing Birds of a Feather Meet. It is part of the Hispanics in Computing group's annual get together. Every year, the group holds networking activities during the Tapia conference to help old and new members meet each other, learn about their work, and connect with the Hispanic/Latino community. Many other organizations support HIspanics/Latinos in computer science, and this event gives the organization a platform to meet their constituents
Posadas was also on a panel titled “Becoming a Latina Computing Professional: Barriers and Accomplishments.” There were four Latinas who had recently completed their PhDs in computer science and started their first jobs. Two were in academia, and two were in industry. In this panel, the panelists shared what it was like on-the-job market, especially during the pandemic, and how these companies & universities met and did not meet their needs or what they looked for in a position. The panel's goal was also to educate recruiters who are looking to hire Latinas on what they need to do better to recruit and retain Latinas in computer science
CHCI Student members Mehul Bhanushali, Shikhar Poudel, Surendrabikram Thapa, Taha Hassan, Kylie Davidson, and Merna Khamis attended the conference alongside CHCI Student Council President, Disha Sardana and CHCI GA, Shreya Mitra.