Do you support the cause of empowering minority groups to gain confidence in Computer Science? The best way to support us is by joining us in our advocacy projects, campaigns and events.
Here are some of our past initiatives:
The % Project
A visual campaign that highlights statistics gathered from the WiCS x Computer Science Department Census by decorating their Facebook profile pictures with a statistic.
CIS Diversity Summit
The first summit was held in Spring 2018 to bring together all members of the CIS community to discuss how we can work together to create a more diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment. Attended by students / TAs, CIS faculty and diversity organizations, challenges and concerns were addressed at roundtable discussions over lunch.
A kickoff event held to celebrate the forming of WICS Allies, a group of students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race financial standing, etc. that supports the mission of WICS and who have signed the WICS Pledge of Equality. Stickers and good company provided.
Join the listserv at tiny.cc/wics-allies-listserv.
This Community committee is focused on creating a strong community for
all women in computer science. We host social events almost
every month, with fun activities like planting succulents and
decorating cookies. Our committee also makes important
announcements at the start of every event, so make sure to
swing by to hear about upcoming WiCS events! Also, come by our
study sessions, which we hold every few weeks, and grab some
free food before cramming that last-minute CIS assignment.
The goal of the Education and Hackathon committee is to reach out
to more women in the Penn community and get them interested in
tech, inspire them to keep learning, and help them achieve their
fullest potential. We organize the WiCS Speaker Series, which
brings inspirational women in tech to campus to chat with students
in an open and informal setting, as well as WiCS Career Panels,
which help women who are younger or new to the field learn from
those who have more experience. We also organize WiCS Workshops
to teach women core technical skills that are not always taught
WiCS holds an annual collegiate hackathon,
FemmeHacks, that draws over 200 women from the Philadelphia area,
many of whom are beginners to coding and gain their first technical project experiences at the event!
Our goal is to inspire, teach, and empower women in the Philly tech community. We believe that
together we can learn, build cool projects, and create a community of technical women in the field.
See more information about FemmeHacks here, and follow our
Facebook pages to stay updated!
The mentorship program matches every Freshman and Sophomore
woman in Computer Science with an older woman who is also
studying CS. The mentor helps the mentee with class selection,
internship searches, moral support, academic advice, and
generally becomes a much-needed, loving guide to achieving
success as a woman in CS. Our mentors also hold “office hours”
where any woman (not necessarily a declared CS major) can
come in and chat over coffee and donuts, ask any questions
they have, and make friends in the process.
WiCS Professional Development works with corporate and academic
partners to host events and programs for WiCS members and allies.
We typically host a broad range of events focusing on recruiting
and academic development. Our most popular events include Tech Talks,
information sessions, casual coffee chats, and our biannual WiCS Tech
Trek to NYC.
For more information about partnership with WiCS, email email@example.com
The wellness committee addresses the importance of wellness and how we
can provide support for our fellow women studying computer science.
Past projects include organize the Buddy system, setting up check-ins
for upperclassmen with underclassmen, and creating wellness presentation videos
in introductory CIS courses that spread awareness about wellness resources.