Build Your ACM-W Student Chapter: 3. Exec Board

The Ohio State University Student Chapter of the ACM-W was chartered on May 13, 2003 and is one of the oldest continuously operating ACM-W Student Chapters. This chapter annually hosts 40+ events that include trips to the Grace Hopper Celebration, the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing, company visits, tech talks, socials, and workshops. They have around 50 active members, and they serve a total community of about 200 students. They often send more than 50 Ohio State students to the Grace Hopper Celebration, and can provide financial support for travel and registration costs to 35 of these through chapter fundraising efforts.

Learn how to build, maintain and grow a strong ACM-W chapter from The Ohio State’s ACM-W Chapter Leaders.

In this segment, ACM-W OSU Chapter Officer, Amy, explains the importance of Finding Executive Board Members for your club. The ACM only requires that you have a president, vice president to start a chapter. Amy explains that you can (and should) have many other executive board members. The exec board is the heart of your club. Some positions to consider are treasurer, event coordinator, media coordinator, website manager , community outreach and company liaison. Some positions may be strategic, like funding or sponsorship development to help support activities in the following years. Think about your exec board as being an extension of your ACM-W mission to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing. The student chapter officers should have positions that help them grow while helping your club grow as well.

What officer positions does your chapter have? How did you find people to lead your chapter?

Let us know by interacting with us on Twitter, Mastodon or Facebook. Use #BuildYourACMWChapter and our handle @OfficialACMW Want to know more about how to start an ACM-W Student Chapter at your school? Here’s the quick-start guide.

This series continues. Please read the other tips in this series:

  1. Mission Statement
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Executive Board
  4. Event Planning
  5. Member Recruiting
  6. Funding
  7. Company Relationships
  8. Community Involvement
  9. Sustainability

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