Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2003

Title: Building Diverse Leadership in Computing

The second conference in honor of Dr. Richard A. Tapia highlights creative, innovative, and original research and applications of computing. Sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery and the Computing Research Association in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society.

The theme of our birds-of-a-feather session for Tapia 2003 was Developing Outreach Programs through Student-Run Presentations: Carnegie Mellon's Women@SCS "Outreach Roadshow." In this session, we gave the audience an overview of our Roadshow presentation. Each presenter highlighted one section in our Roadshow, noting the purpose as well as the importance of the section. To learn more about our Roadshow presentation, visit our Roadshow page.

Undergrad comments on attending the Tapia conference

Jennifer Li
Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2003 was a great experience for all of us. Two years ago, I attended as a student and had the pleasure of attending all the interesting workshops. This year, I was extremely proud of our group for doing such a great job at the Road Show outreach birds of feather session. I feel like I really made a difference. Many people approached me after the session because they too value the importance of outreach, and would like to start something similar at their respective schools. Personally, I was able to learn various ways of using technology. It was amazing to see some other technical talks ranging from networking to multimedia. It is unbelievable how far technology has come, and how much it has changed us. Regardless, there is always room for improvement and I hope to make a difference someday.

Bernice Ma
For me, the most exciting part about the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was not so much attending the conference, but being a part of it. Our presentation was attended by computing professionals from all over the United States, all of whom have a accomplished so much within their own universities and communities. It was very rewarding to know that our presentation could impact so many people, from such diverse backgrounds. In addition, we also received a lot of helpful feedback regarding improvements to our Roadshow Presentation; so the conference was also a great learning experience. Aside from our presentation, I was also able to attend a few interesting sessions. One of note, is the session on Wireless Communications. As an undergraduate student, I did not expect to understand most of the technical aspects of the talk. Surprisingly, the talk was directly related to a subject I was currently studying in my networks class! So I was able to actively participate. All in all, the conference was a lot of fun; I had the opportunity to spend time with other members of Women@SCS, meet new people, and gain a lot of new knowledge.

Nancy Chen
Going to the Tapia conference as an undergraduate was a great experience! Being able to present the Women@SCS Outreach Roadshow to other colleges and universities hopefully will start similar programs around the nation. It also gave us feedback on how to improve our presentation to make it even better which we hope to incorporate in the future. The conference also consisted of a good balance between technical talks and diversity discussions. I enjoyed meeting people from other colleges sharing our experiences whether it be from academia or industry. It was amazing to be in the presence of those coming together with similar interests and goals for pushing more diversity into computing.

Gwendolyn Stockman
Attending the Tapia conference was a wonderful experience. It was amazing to see the ways in which others are working to increase diversity in computing and to network with others interested in increasing the diversity among computer science and other similar fields of study, industry, and academia. The feedback we got back about the Women@SCS roadshow after presenting it was very imformative and numerous points were made about how we can improve and extend it for various audiences. All in all, at the Tapia conference, I learned a lot and hopefully helped others learn about how Women@SCS helps promote diversity in computer science.

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Presenters:
Carol Frieze
Stephanie Tomko
Ting Shih
Jennifer Li
Bernice Ma
Gwendolyn Stockman
Nancy Chen