Illinois Tech’s Association for Computing Machinery – Women (ACM-W) will be hosting their next general body meeting on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in Perlstein Hall room 109, 12:40-1:40 p.m. The student organization has been working to empower and encourage women in tech on campus, building connections to the computer science and cyber security industry directly through networking events, conferences, and one-on-one outreach.
These connections have brought much fruit to those working within ACM-W. This semester alone, the organization has sent students to the Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, an amazing event where participants said they felt truly empowered on an individual level. Several aerospace students were also in attendance, and benefited greatly; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among other companies hiring aerospace majors, attended their career fair!
ACM-W also sent 12 girls, with help from the computer science (CS) department, Illinois Tech administration, and Information Technology Management (ITM) department, to the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration held in Houston, Texas. This was the largest and most prestigious women in technology conference in the world. Recruiters from all of the tech giants were available and actively searching for candidates for both fulltime and summer internship positions during their career fair. Twenty-two thousand women were in attendance, and Illinois Tech was also a gold sponsor of the event!
ACM-W has also been fostering a mentorship relationship with Women Energy Network (WEN) Chicago, an organization that brings together women in the energy and utilities industry, build a community of like-minded professionals, and encourage others. One of ACM-W’s members was able to gain a summer internship and a full-time job through a referral she got from a WEN event last year. A few ACM-W members attended a dinner with WEN this October. They also anticipate another upcoming event either this semester or next with WEN!
Among students who attended these conferences, ACM-W had several first-timers; first years, transfer students, and even those from non-computer science fields. The application process for the events were completed very early (almost an entire semester early for some larger events!), so if you would like to learn of opportunities like these, and if you are interested in supporting women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) on campus, be sure to stop by at the general body meeting on November 6! ACM-W is also hosting a social event on November 10, in the Bog, from 5-7 p.m. They will be serving food at both of these events!
Remember, to get email reminders, join ACM-W on HawkLink! If you do not join them on HawkLink, you will not get regular updates about upcoming events! And attend a meeting to get added to the ACM-W members-only Slack channel.
Photo courtesy of ACM-W