WACM is the University of Wisconsin's local ACM-W Chapter. You can check out our official website and find out about how to join us here. I was President of WACM from 2012-2014. Before that, I was Vice President from 2011-2012 and Secretary from 2010-2011.
The past several years, the Computer Sciences department has generously funded travel for several students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This conference is a wonderful opportunity for women to network, learn about interesting research, and job hunt.
My notes from several Grace Hopper Celebrations (I also attended in 2007) are available:
Women in Computer Science
Many lists of famous computer scientists are lacking in women. Some lists will include Admiral Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, the Countess of Lovelace), but there are many other accomplished women who should be recognized. The Anita Borg Institute has compiled a more comprehensive (but by no means complete) list, which you can read here. You can see a nice visual of this list here.
Participating in outreach opportunities is very important to me. I enjoy opportunities to dispel myths about what CS is and who can be a Computer Scientist. Some of these activities have been done in conjunction with WACM or UW. If you're interested in getting involved with anything I've mentioned, just let me know! I'd be happy to put you in touch with the right people.
Expanding Your Horizons
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national program aimed at engaging young girls in science and engineering. Each November, the University of Wisconsin hosts an EYH conference, a single-day event in which middle schools girls come to campus and engage in a variety of science activities. WACM has historically hosted such sessions; we have been doing so more recently since 2010. One of our key goals is to show participants that a diverse group of women, with varied backgrounds, hobbies, and interests, are also Computer Scientists. I helped plan and lead our session in 2010 and 2012, and helped with the planning process in 2011. Lena Olson has some nice notes about WACM's EYH activities here.
Grandparents UniversitySee my Teaching page.
SACM is the University of Wisconsin's local ACM Chapter. You can check out our official website here. I served as SACM's Treasurer from 2011 - 2013.
In my not-so-copious (and primarily historical) free time, I have enjoyed participating in some other great activities:
- Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) for the Grinnell College Computer Science Department
- College Buddies, a program within Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
- INVEST Tutoring, a peer tutoring program at Evanston Township High School