2020 RESPECT Conference


The fifth international conference on Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT 2020) was scheduled to be held on March 11, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Just a few days before the conference, the organizers decided to move the conference online. Though it was a stressful few days organizing such a large change right before the conference was to begin, they successfully did it. Kudos to the organizers for pulling this off.

Among the 31 papers presented at the conference were two about disability: "Why is Data on Disability So Hard to Collect and Understand" by Brianna Blaser and Richard Ladner and "Computer Science Principles for Teachers of Deaf Students" by Richard Ladner, Andreas Stefik, Jill Naumann, and Erin Peach. The proceedings of RESPECT 2020 will appear in IEEE Explore. Other papers explored issues about equity and inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in computing fields.