Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are central to the goals of the IEEE Computer Society and ACM, and all of their conferences. Equity at its heart is about removing barriers, biases, and obstacles that impede equal access and opportunity to succeed. Diversity goals aim to progress towards a research community and conference population that reflects the diversity of society. Inclusion is about creating a conference program and environment that is free from discrimination and where every participant feels welcome, included, respected, and safe.
In order to promote the above goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion, ICSE 2019 aims for
Committee diversity – recruit qualified members of the organization committee, members of technical committees, and reviewers such that (1) the resulting populations are diverse with respect to gender, home institutions, geography, and research expertise; and (2) committees’ memberships vary from those in previous years.
Speaker diversity – recruit invited speakers and panelists from diverse populations, backgrounds, and research areas within software engineering, to increase diversity in thinking and perspective.
Mitigate biases – promote double-blind reviewing, as a means to mitigate subconscious biases against national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and race.
Student travel awards – in addition to merit and need, decisions about student travel awards will consider diversity with respect to gender, age, geography, and research area.