Amplifying Resources for Inclusiveness in Computing: Black in Computing Open Letter

CRA is dedicated to creating an environment that is more welcoming, just, and equitable to all. One step we are taking is to help our community by providing educational resources and amplifying voices that promote a more inclusive environment for computing researchers. We stand with them when they stand against discrimination and hatred.

The first item in this series is Black in Computing and Our Allies for Equity and Fairness.

Last month, the Black in Computing group and Allies put out “An Open Letter & Call to Action to the Computing Community” with a curated list of actionable items:

Today, we are issuing a call to action to the computing community to address the systemic and structural inequities that Black people experience. In issuing this call we ask the community to:

  1. Create unbiased and welcoming learning and work environments that allow Black people to be their authentic selves and learn and work without experiencing racism and bias.
  2. Commit to address the systemic and institutional racism that has led Black people in computing to be pushed out of the field or exit the field to pursue alternative careers.
  3. Address issues related to institutional or organizational culture and climate to create welcoming and comfortable spaces for Black people and prioritize the health and well being of all students in computing. 

There is a role for each of us to build stronger, more creative, and more inclusive communities:

Individuals can acknowledge the presence of Black colleagues and be open to new ideas and perspectives. Everyone can reflect on privileges they might have such that we can move toward eliminating double standards.

Organizations that receive public funding can ensure they are providing equal opportunity in compliance with existing civil rights statutes, including but not limited to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Communities can establish equal opportunity review structures that are responsible for collecting and analyzing data to certify equitable outcomes by institutions, companies and organizations in computing.

Help us create opportunity for future generations through partnership, mentorship, and collaboration. In addition to these suggestions, we have a curated list of actionable items that you can implement in response to this call.

Click here to read the full letter. We encourage you to take action.

Amplifying Resources for Inclusiveness in Computing: Black in Computing Open Letter