Build Your ACM-W Student Chapter

Nine Tips for Growth and Maintenance

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, socials, and workshops. They have around 50 active members, and they serve a total community of about 200 students. They often send many Ohio State students to the Grace Hopper Celebration, and can provide financial support for travel and registration costs to most of these through chapter fundraising efforts.

The Ohio State University ACM-W Student Chapter at the Grace Hopper Celebration

The Ohio State ACM-W Student Chapter has developed nine tips which they use to grow and maintain their chapter. These tips range from having a Mission Statement to Member Recruiting and Fundraising.

In this series of videos you can learn how to build, maintain and grow a strong ACM-W chapter from The Ohio State’s ACM-W Chapter Leaders. Each link below will take you to a page that has a short video and discussion about the tip that is being presented.

  1. Mission Statement – Explain why your ACM-W Student Chapter exists and how it will function.
  2. Goal Setting – Having goals ensures that you stay on track while you plan for future growth.
  3. Executive Board – You can’t do it alone. Also, it’s no fun trying to!
  4. Event Planning – How to connect with your community and keep members coming back.
  5. Member Recruiting – Build a cohesive brand through flyers, posters and online communication
  6. Funding – You can run your chapter for free, but companies and schools can often help with expenses.
  7. Company Relationships – Company partnerships are beneficial to you and them.
  8. Community Involvement – Look for fun activities that help your members bond with their community and give back.
  9. Sustainability – Always be thinking of ways to make it easier for next year’s members.

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