CMD-IT Announces 2017 Richard A. Tapia Award Winner Manuel Perez Quinones

Today, CMD-IT announced the recipient of the 2017 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing is Manuel Perez Quinones, Associate Dean, College of Computing and Informatics and Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. The Richard A. Tapia Award is awarded annually to an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, commitment and contributions to diversifying computing. Continue reading CMD-IT Announces 2017 Richard A. Tapia Award Winner Manuel Perez Quinones

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Drawing Their Own Path: 4 Latinos in TV Animation on How They Broke Into the Industry

As in most professions in the entertainment industry, people of color have for too long been underrepresented in animation. When creative careers seem like improbable paths, few attempt them – and that those who do don’t know how to get started. How does one get a job in the field? Do you need to know how to draw? Do you need to have attended a renowned art school? How do you break in when you don’t have any contacts? Continue reading Drawing Their Own Path: 4 Latinos in TV Animation on How They Broke Into the Industry

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LACMA’s First Instagram Artist in Residence Is the Woman Behind Viral 90s Chicano Homage

With her dedication to documenting 90s Chicano life in Southern California, Guadalupe Rosales has drawn a large following. She also attracted the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which a week ago named her its first Instagram artist in residence. For the next few weeks, Rosales – who runs archival Instagram accounts Veteranas and Rucas and Map Pointz – will post the same throwback images she typically shares on her platforms and lead discussions about art. Continue reading LACMA’s First Instagram Artist in Residence Is the Woman Behind Viral 90s Chicano Homage

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Ava DuVernay Only Wanted Female Directors for ‘Queen Sugar,’ Aurora Guerrero Stepped Up

Queen Sugar, a drama adapted by Ava DuVernay currently airing on Oprah’s OWN Network, is the most underrated story currently playing out on television. Now in its second season, Queen Sugar revolves around the three Bordelon siblings – Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel – who must best their differences and band together to run their late father’s sugarcane farm in rural St. Joseph county, Louisiana. Meanwhile, each of the Bordelons is grappling with heartbreak, betrayal and injustices from the criminal justice system, all while two families, the Boudreauxs and the Landrys, are attempting to encroach on the Bordelons’ land and take it as theirs. Continue reading Ava DuVernay Only Wanted Female Directors for ‘Queen Sugar,’ Aurora Guerrero Stepped Up

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2017 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

June 28, 2017 COLLEGE STATION, Texas. Today, CMD-IT announced keynote speakers for the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference.   Themed “Diversity: Simply Smarter,” the Tapia Conference will be held September 20-23 in Atlanta Georgia.  The Tapia Conference is the premier venue to bring together students, faculty, researchers and professionals from all backgrounds and ethnicities in computing to promote and celebrate diversity in computing.  The Tapia Conference is sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and presented by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT). Continue reading 2017 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

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