ADVOCACY
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.

WiCS Allies
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.
COMMUNITY
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.
EDUCATION
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 in class.
FEMMEHACKS
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 WiCS and FemmeHacks Facebook pages to stay updated!
MENTORSHIP
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.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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 pennwics@gmail.com
WELLNESS
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.
Contact Us
Email us at pennwics@gmail.com
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