Diverse teams are more innovative and productive, is now a widely accepted fact. In a professional organisation like the ACM, we are committed to make resources and services cater to the needs of all members of the computing society. The ACM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) council has been established to ensure that the governance and activities of the ACM involve members from diverse background and perspectives.
The talk will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the DEI council and how it plans to achieve them by making broad categories. Methods that can be taken up to achieve DEI at the awards; student mentoring programs and leadership roles will be explored. We will discuss possible directions to make the language used in computing less exclusionary and the publication review process with reduced bias. Certain milestones reached will be highlighted followed by discussion on making work environments more inclusive.
Speaker’s Bio: Hemangee K. Kapoor is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. She received her B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune, India, M.Tech. degree in CSE from the IIT Bombay, and Ph.D. degree in CSE from London South Bank University, U.K. Her research interest spans the broad area of computer architecture and specifically in multicore caches, emerging non-volatile memory technologies, network-on-chip and design of accelerators for neural networks. She has published at reputed venues and has supervised several PhD and post-graduate students. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM. She is Associate Editor on Journal of Systems Architecture (Elsevier) and IEEE Design and Test. Prof. Kapoor has actively participated in the ACM India council: as a member (2014-22) and as Vice President (2020-22). She also serves as a member on the ACM international council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ACM-DEI) (2021-23).