The Tapia conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote, and celebrate diversity in computing. 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, connect, obtain, and be inspired. This year's theme was entitled "Diversity: Building a Stronger Future." The STARS celebration was co-located with the Tapia conference as well.
The STARS program features sessions on best practices in broadening participation in computing, hands-on training workshops for conducting computer science outreach programs for K-12 students, professional development sessions for both faculty and students, and a student poster session highlighting computing research, outreach, and service projects. This year from the CRCL undergrad researchers Chase Christmas, Darren Giles, and Research Scientist David Cherry attended the conference where they were able to network with other researchers, and see ways in which Tapia and STARS push for diversity in computer science.