About Tapia Conference

The CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference 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 to create communities that extend beyond the conference
  • Engage with computing leaders in academia and industry
  • Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds

The Tapia Conference brings together CMD-IT’s target communities: African Americans/Blacks, Native Americans/Indigenous People, Hispanics/Latinxs and People with Disabilities and offers a variety of intellectually stimulating technical talks from leaders in computing, along with enrichment opportunities like professional development workshops, career fairs, and networking. 

The conference includes the following key components:

  • Panels and Workshops covering current technical topics, such as AI, quantum computing, and cybersecurity as well as topics related to broadening participation in computing and professional development for diverse communities
  • Industry Leadership and Networking Workshop which provides an opportunity for attendees to learn leadership skills and to be prepared to apply these skills immediately to advance their careers
  • Student Professional Development Workshop which provides a safe space for undergraduate and masters students to ask questions about resume writing and effective interview skills, receive valuable feedback on resumes and gain insights from industry and government professionals
  • Student Poster/ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) presentations where undergraduate and graduate students present their latest research results
  • Doctoral Consortium presentations where PhD students discuss their research plan with a panel of established researchers
  • Scholarships for students at U.S. universities and faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
  • Career Fair with industry, government, academic and nonprofit supporters