Sep 3, 2019
Jennifer Mankoff networks with computing students at a conference.

AccessComputing staff will be attending two big conferences in the next month: The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and the Grace Hopper Celebration.


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 diversity, connect among common backgrounds, network, and find inspiration and motivation.

The conference will be held in San Diego, CA this year from September 18-21, 2019. This year’s theme, Diversity: Building a Stronger Future, is focused around the critical role that diversity plays in computing innovation and the creation of the future of all aspects of STEM, as well as promoting a diverse workforce that results in solutions that benefit everyone and creates a stronger, brighter future.

AccessComputing staff member Brianna Blaser served as Accessibility Chair for the 2019 Tapia Celebration. Visit the AccessComputing booth (#204) in the Exhibit Hall and check out some of the following sessions focused around disability (AccessComputing staff are participating in the asterisked sessions):



9:30 – 11:00 am Marriott 5-9Plenary Keynote: Making Accessibility by Jennifer Mankoff
9:30 – 11:00 am Marriott 5-9Panel: Disability Disclosure in Education and Employment*
1:45 – 2:45 pm San Diego CThe Fallacy Objectivity: Leveraging Situated Knowledges to Advance Computing for Social Justice
1:45 – 2:45 pm Marriott 2Panel: Increasing Diversity in Computing: Sharing of Good Practices*
3:00 – 4:00 pm Marriott 4Incorporating Diversity-Related Topics into a Traditional CS Course
3:00 – 4:00 pm Marriott 12Birds of a Feather: Navigating Tech with a Disability
4:30 – 5:30 pm Marriott 4Birds of a Feather: Diversity includes Disability*


10:40 – 11:40 am Marriott 2Inspiring Diverse Women in Computer Science Research*



Grace Hopper

The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. The celebration results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for our attendees. GHC presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. The celebration also offers professional development through a variety of activities.

The conference this year will be in Orlando, FL, from October 1-4, 2019.

AccessComputing staff and team members will deliver the following presentation:

CR202: Navigating the Tech Scene with a Disability
Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Speakers: Meenakshi DasNaba RizviRebecca KriegerLauren Cordelia SiegelBrianna Blaser

Other disability related sessions include the following:

  • HI504: Building Products for Everyone in a World that Cares about the Bottom Line
  • HI569: Ethical Design: Principles And Practice
  • HI648: Accessibility and Universal Design in PBS KIDS Digital Development
  • HI651: Accessibility Curricula Collaboration Fostering Employable Student Skills (MU ACCESS)
  • CR407: Empathy as a Service: Supporting Mental Health in the Tech Workplace
  • TM563: Breaking Societal And Learning Barriers for Dyslexic And Autistic Children
  • CR111: Mental Illness in the Workplace: How to Have an Honest, Real Conversation
  • HI527: Insight Without Sight: Non-Visual Access to Data Visualization
  • TW675: Leveling the Playing Field: Building an Inclusive Fitness App