First Meeting of the Fall Semester

Thank you to those who came to our meeting last night- we had an awesome turnout!
 
 
Also, a big thank you to the Department of Computer Science for providing pizza for us! Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up with department news and updates.

For those of you that missed the meeting, we began with a brief introduction to the club and talked about some of the events that WiCS did last year. You can check some of them out here.
 
We also talked briefly about being a male advocate for women in computer science and shared this great resource from the National Center for Women in Technology about how to be a Male Advocate for Technical Women.

We then introduced the officers and shared our plans for the semester. Emilee, our president, is working on a mentoring lunch, an all-women's LAN party, and the second year of SheInnovates, Pitt's all-women's hackathon. Shelley, our vice president, is planning an interview practice and resume writing workshop and a Google board game night. Kimi, our outreach coordinator, is working on fun social events like a lock-in, cookie decorating nights, movie nights, etc. Finally, Ma'ayan, our business manager, is planning fundraisers for our year-long charity project.
 
This year, our year-long charity goal is to raise funds to provide laptops to the 8 beneficiaries of the 501c nonprofit Pauline Juliet, a local nonprofit that focuses on empowerment and education of women globally. Lauren O'Brien, the founder and president, and a current Pitt student, came to talk to us about the girls and her work in Uganda. Find more info about Pauline Juliet by liking their Facebook and following them on Instagram.

After that, we introduced Alex Bush, our current featured student. Read more about her on our website here. Also, please submit a bio and photo of you to wics.pitt@gmail.com so that we can feature all of our members on the website!
 
In the next few days, we will have a full calendar of events with specific dates for the events we're planning. We will also be sending out a doodle poll shortly to help us choose a permanent meeting day and time for our regular meetings, which will happen every other week.