Ten students from across the college, including CSC, CPE, SE, EE, LAES and AERO, attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing September 18-21 in San Diego.
Students included: Justin Youn, Mugen Blue, Emily Lucas, Caoimhe Gallahue, Bolaji Makinde, Carmina Cruz, Daniella Lopez, Steven Luu, Gabriel Medina-Kim and Jesus Panales Castillo. They were joined by Color Coded faculty advisor Foaad Khosmood, CPE Forbes Endowed Professor of Computer Engineering and CSSE Associate Professor.
The goal of the Tapia Conferences 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;
- Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.
The 2019 Tapia conference theme reminded attendees of the critical role of diversity in computing innovation and the creation of the future of all aspects of STEM. Engaging a diverse workforce results in solutions that benefit everyone and creates a stronger, brighter future.
A Stronger Future for Innovation: Providing innovative technology that arises from diverse perspectives with key insights to create unique solutions to challenging problems.
A Stronger Future for Knowledge: Bringing together diverse disciplines – science, engineering, and computing to create new technologies to solve unique problems.
A Stronger Future for Communities: Creating new technology to enrich and enhance the growth of diverse communities.
A Stronger Future for Life: Engaging diverse groups in the creation of technology provides the opportunities for everyone to improve the world.