ACM Committee on Systemic Change
In the year 2020, incidences of racial injustice in the United States served as a call for reflection and action. The deaths of so many Black Americans caused many to consider how instances of injustice, some big, some small, influenced their lives and contributed to a diminishing sense of inclusion in our global community.
ACM strives for a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and one in which all voices will be heard. Critically, ACM condemns acts of discrimination — any form of discrimination is a violation of the members’ Code of Professional Ethics.
The events of 2020 have caused ACM to re-examine whether there are systemic issues within the organization that perpetuate exclusionary practices that disadvantage members of the computing community. Through the creation of the Systemic Change Committee, ACM reiterates its commitment to inclusion and seeks to address cases where systemic change is needed to address injustices.
Convened by the ACM Diversity and Inclusion Council, the scope of this Systemic Change Committee includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Consider ACM volunteer activities where changes can be made to promote racial equity,
- Develop a living document of a prioritized list of actions to address systemic change,
- Work with volunteer leadership of relevant units within ACM to consider ways to address identified problems, and
- Create metrics to report relevant diversity numbers.
In accordance with the goals of this committee, please see:
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