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ACM-W Connections. February 2017

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

Welcome to the February, 2017, issue of ACM-W Connections.

We have a small newsletter this month but don’t worry, we have lots of exciting things we’re working on that you’ll be hearing about in the months to come. Check out an idea from the Chapters Ctte. of an event that’s easy for student chapters to run, and check out the list of upcoming March, 2017, Celebration events.

Meanwhile, in partnership with CRA-W, we invited people outside of North America to apply to attend the CRA-W Grad Cohort event in April with an eye toward starting a similar event in their own area.  We received quite a number of applications and are currently ironing out plans with groups from India, Australia, Netherlands, and Spain.  We hope they can all attend, and we’ll certainly report here after the Grad Cohort meeting

Thanks for your continued support for and interest in ACM-W!

~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair

News From ACM-W Celebrations

ACM Celebrations coordinators are volunteers from across the globe who understand the importance of diversity in tech.   They work tirelessly all year to put together inspirational events to bring together like-minded individuals to network, inspire and collaborate.  ACM-W would like to thank all of our volunteers for the time and effort that they have graciously given.  Thank you!   

There are more than a dozen Celebrations taking place from January to June, 2017.   Check out the ACM Celebrations Web Page  for a Celebration near you!  

March Celebrations:

  • RusCWiC – Perm Russia – March 1-2, 2017
  • ACWiC  - Ankara Turkey – March 11, 2017
  • WIC-Ph – Phillippines (Cebu) – March 16, 2017
  • KYCC-WiC – Kentucky – March 30-31, 2017
  • NECWiC – New England – March 31-April 1, 2017
  • MICWiC – Michigan – March 31-April 1, 2017

If you are considering organizing an event or you would like to know more about ACM Celebrations, please feel free to contact Wendy Powley, Chair of the Celebrations Committee (wendy@cs.queensu.ca).

News From ACM-W Chapters

In 2017, we begin a new series about activities that our ACM-W Chapters organize – activities that are easy to organize and that can inspire other chapters to duplicate the ideas. An alumnae panel is February's suggestion. Whether local alumnae can travel to campus or whether "virtual alumnae" make appearances by means of video technology (or a mixture of the two kinds of visitors), panels are easy to organize and inspire our ACM-W chapter members. Advertise the event with alumnae pictures and short biographies. Ask ACM-W chapter members to submit questions ahead of time and give copies of the questions to the panelists. Also allow for spontaneous Q&A. A fail-safe question is: "What do you know now that you wish you had known, when you were in school?" Santa Clara University held an alumnae panel last year, called "ACM-W Presents: 'My Story' Panel". Visit their FB page for details.

Announcements

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