The 2020 – 2021 Virtual Mentorship Program is now live!

Hey WiCS Members! We hope you’ve been keeping well throughout 2020. As we start a new academic year, we begin a new mentorship cohort! That’s right. The WiCS Mentorship Program is open for a virtual format this year, and we’ll need your help now more than ever.

The WiCS Mentorship Program works by pairing mentees and mentors throughout an year long commitment to support mentees in the CS program and their careers! Students have a pairing that they can rely on for guidance with seeking an internship, studying for class exams, or walking through conceptual problems.

If you are:

  • Looking to understand your courses better!
  • Wanting to establish a connection with someone who has more experience!
  • Wanting to prepare for your career with technical advice!
  • Looking for advice about which classes to take!
  • Looking for someone to bounce ideas off of!

Consider being a Mentee! You’ll gain a deeper understanding of various CS topics and another resource (your mentor) that you can talk to.

If you are:

  • Confident in your understanding of CS concepts or courses
  • Excited to share your knowledge with others.
  • Willing to help someone grow in CS.
  • Experienced in technical work or technical interviews.

Consider being a Mentor! This is an amazing opportunity to expand your resume, contribute to the WiCS community, and build a network with other Computer Scientists. Most importantly, you’ll impact the future as we work to empower disenfranchised folks in tech!

If something from both of these appealed to you, keep an eye out for the either / both option in the form below. 

FORM LINK: https://forms.gle/y2WR5KrFx9SJfVvp7

DEADLINES

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Saturday, October 10th. 

Mentor Training and the Kick-off Party will occur on Saturday, October 17th. Zoom details will be released with your pairing information and acceptance letter. You’ll have your results back no later than Wednesday, October 14th.

Mentor Training (mandatory only for mentors) will occur from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM PST.

The Kick-Off Party is mandatory for both mentors and mentees and will occur from 11:00 AM to 1 PM PST. 

If you have any conflicts with the time, please let us know in the form or reach out to us at wics@pdx.edu. We’ll happily accommodate for it!
If you have any questions, reach out to us on Slack (wics-psu.slack.com) or email (wics@pdx.edu).

Response to COVID-19

Dear WiCS Community,

As of today, March 12, 2020, we are postponing all WiCS events originally scheduled between now and April 19th until further notice.This includes the WiCS Movie Night on March 19th and the WiCS Hackathon from April 10-11.

In the interest of keeping our community and the extension of our community safe and healthy, we have made this decision based on a number of safety recommendations from Student Activities & Leadership Programs (SALP), Portland State University, World Health Organization (WHO), and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For events after April 19th, we will assess whether in-person events will be cancelled as we get closer to the date, with guidance from the university and other global health partners. 

General Support
We know that there is a lot of discomfort and uncertainty in the near future with our environment. However, we want you to know that you are not alone.  All of us are still connected now more than ever thanks to the power of the internet, and we encourage you to reach out in our WiCS slack at wics-psu.slack.com or the PDX-CS slack at pdx-cs.slack.com for support from the community.

Additionally, as more of our day-to-day operations become ‘remote’, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with Zoom! Portland State offers this resource for students, with information provided at https://www.pdx.edu/oit/zoom-meetings

Hackathon
If you’ve already registered for the hackathon, we have your contact information on file and will reach out with new hackathon details when we have them.

Mentorship Program
If you were planning on meeting your mentor or mentee, you may continue to do so and we encourage you to use remote meetings. Please exercise precaution and continue to wash your hands and avoid touching your face. See more under the Health section below.Mentors, please check in with your mentees and offer support as needed. If you, or other mentors, are in need of support please reach out to us at wics@pdx.edu.

Health
Reiterating the advice from the university and the CDC please continue to regularly wash your hands, avoid touching your face and practice social distancing. If you are feeling ill, or would like to meet with someone remotely, we encourage that you use Zoom. Please refer to the “New coronavirus guidelines for PSU” email from PSU’s President emailed on March 11th.

We will do our best to update you on the status of future WiCS events and programs through our website and slack channel.

Stay Healthy & Stay Connected!
Love, WiCS Leadership <3 

Careers in Tech Workshop!

Careers in Tech Workshop!

Bring your resume and your interview chops to the Annual Careers in Tech Workshop hosted by We in Computer Science (WiCS)!

This workshop brings together tech industry professionals and computer science students from PSU, CCC, and PCC to talk about invaluable topics such as resume critique, mock interviews, internship and job search tips, networking advice, salary negotiation, understanding various CS jobs, CS jargon, and advice on transferring into PSU’s CS program.

Please RSVP here by January 17, 2020.

DETAILS:
January 23, 2020
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Engineering Building Atrium
1930 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Snacks and Refreshments Provided

A Little Change Makes All the Difference! Donate Today!

Giving Tuesday is here! And we need your help 🙂

In addition to weekly and monthly community-building activities, WiCS runs three major initiatives each year — a mentorship program, a careers in tech workshop, and a hackathon. In order to continue our work, we need your help!

Please donate here -> http://c-fund.us/o67

In 2018-19, over 100 students have benefited from our programs. Here’s what students are saying about our programs!

“…When I attended the hackathon last year, I found it to be something that bridges ideas throughout everybody. I found myself in a space where everyone had the equal right to say what their ideas were and discuss the best approaches to solve the problem. I firmly believe that this type of community is what’ll change the world for the better…” – Alejandro Castaneda

“I could not have succeeded in the CS program without a mentor….Being a mentor is about paying it forward to an individual, but also helping that individual grow and working together to be advocates for a more functional and healthy culture.” – Molly Shove

“…I think [Grace Hopper Celebration] gave me an increase in confidence. I felt so pumped to be around so many cool women and people in tech. It was sad when I came back and one of my classes only has like 4 or 5 women in it, of like 40 or 45 students. This made me feel even more driven to embody the WiCS mission and do all I can to increase representation in tech.” – Allie Hanson

A Very WiCS November!

CHIT CHAT MEETINGS
EVERY FRIDAY | 4P – 6P | CHIT CHAT
Come talk computer science and data structures over bubble tea!

TOWN HALL MEETING
NOV 6 | 1P – 2P | FAB 130
Come for interview prep and some exciting announcements!

NOVELOPOLIS
FRI, NOV 15 | 5:30P – 8P | EB ATRIUM
Bring resumes, CVs, LinkedIn, and other business things for peer feedback. Pizza will be served!

At a gaming company in Silicon Valley, Cybil, Melody and Olivia are programmers fighting for survival within in a sexist workplace.

Don’t miss the world premiere of this new opera by composer Celka Ojakangas and librettist Amy Punt.

GENDER, STEM, & OPERA PANEL
TUE, NOV 26 | 3:30P | LINCOLN HALL 326
Learn more about transgressing sterotypes to overcome the challenges of systemic bias in STEM and Opera.

MIRROR GAME DRESS REHEARSAL
WED, NOV 27 | 6:45P | LINCOLN HALL 115
WiCS Members are invited to attend the dress rehearsal for free! Don’t be late!

Apply Now! Mentorship Cohort Applications now open!

Applications for the 2019-2020 Mentorship Cohort are now open! Whether you are new to CS or have a few internships under your belt, you would be a wonderful asset to our incoming cohort. We believe that having a community support system will shape your education and your career for the better!

If accepted into the 2019-2020 Mentorship Cohort you will be invited to our Kick Off Party, Saturday October 12, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Parkway North in the Smith Memorial Student Union. Here the pairings will meet, have lunch (on us, of course), play games and do a scavenger hunt to help new students get to know the PSU campus.

Prior to the Kick Off Party, accepted mentors are required to attend a training event to give our mentors the tools and training they’ll need to be great mentors! The Mentors Only Training is before the kick off party from 10:00 am to 11:00 am also at Parkway North in the Smith Memorial Student Union. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

Apply Here: https://forms.gle/2E9wb59ZPeWMkhCN6

Are you a new Portland State University student? Get to know us and what we do at our about page!

Still not sure why you should apply to be a mentor or a mentee? Visit our FAQ page !

Application Timeline:

Wed, 09/25 – Mentorship Applications are open!

Wed, 10/09 – Mentorship Application closes

Th, 10/10 – An introductory email will be sent to the accepted mentorship
cohort with their pairing information.

Sat, 10/12 – Mentorship Kick Off Festivities begin!
Parkway North in the Smith Memorial Student Union
– 10:00 am Mentor Training
– 11:30 am Kick Off Party

We Could Be Sending You to GHC!

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Oct. 1 – 4 2019
Orlando, FL

“Grace Hopper Celebration is the premier event for women technologists worldwide. We support and inspire women to further their careers, break boundaries, and transform the world of technology.”

MCECS & WiCS is sponsoring up to 4 students to attend! Registration, lodging, travel and meals will be provided for you so apply now!

The deadline to apply is Monday July 15, 2019 at 5pm Pacific Time.

Grace Hopper Celebration is the “world’s largest gathering of women technologist.” We encourage only those who identify as women to apply.

We will select applicants based on the following criteria:

  1. If you have been involved with WiCS already
  2. What you plan to bring back to the organization
  3. At least 1 member of the leadership team will be attending
  4. Must commit to attend the entire conference
  5. In case of multiple outstanding applications we will then prioritize based on seniority.

More information about the conference: https://ghc.anitab.org/
See their impact report here: https://ghc.anitab.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/01/ghc-18-impact-report.pdf

Scenes from the EOY Banquet at Puppet!

Congrats to the Mentorship Program Cohort 2018-2019 and graduating WiCS Members! Thanks for joining us in our end of the year celebration at Puppet last week. Here are some scenes from the party! We would like to thank the photographer and fellow WiCS member, Mike Wilson, for capturing the excitement from this event! It was a blast and we hope you all have an enjoyable summer. See you in the Fall!!