Build Your ACM-W Student Chapter: 9. Sustainability

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, Courtney, talks about the importance of planning for the continued success of your club. She says that the key is to make it is easy for your incoming officers to find the resources they need. Transparency is key. One thing she recommends is having a single location, like a google drive, to store all your meeting minutes, archived communication and contact lists.

What is your chapter doing to help the next year’s officers to be successful? Do you have a shared drive or repository for your worksheets and letters? What other things could you do to make sure that your chapter continues to serve your school’s women in computing community?

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 is the last article in the series. 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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