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).

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

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!!

End of the Year Banquet!

Who: WiCS Mentorship Program + Puppet
What: A party to recognize and celebrate our mentors and mentees.
When: Friday, June 14th from 5pm to 7pm
Where: Puppet – 308 SW 2nd Ave, Portland OR 97204
Why: BECAUSE YOU ALL DESERVE IT!
How: RSVP HERE

At the EOY Banquet we would like thank our graduating members, mentees to mentors, and have a great time celebrating community, growth, and success. There will be fun activities, a photo booth, an award ceremony and HAWAIIAN FOOD! Come party with us as we feast with our friends and say goodbye/thank you to the Mentorship Cohort 2019!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

If you’re looking for ways to support the WiCS Mentorship Program please visit wics.cs.pdx.edu/support-us for details.

BYOB[squared] Movie Night!

Calling all WiCS Mentors & Mentees!!
Ever wanted to build a blanket fort at school with a group of awesome people while celebrating Black History Month while eating popcorn?! Well this is your chance! Grab your buddy, blanket and fave non-alcoholic beverage and come to the Mentorship Program’s BYOB[squared] Movie Night featuring the movie Hidden Figures.
Fort building starts at 6:00PM and the movies starts at 6:30PM. We’ll provide some popcorn but feel free to bring snacks/drinks for yourself (or to share).

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Get your tickets here.

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Hidden Figures is about black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Apply Now! WiCS Mentorship Program

Apply here:  https://goo.gl/forms/jEotbeWX8BxMsRKT2

The Mentorship Program is growing and we want you to be a part of it! If you’re interested in being a mentee or a mentor fill out the questionnaire by January 24th to be considered for an open spot in the program.

The Mentorship Program aims to foster the growth of incoming CS students and to continue our mission of making the department at Portland State a safe, inclusive space to learn. Out mottoe “we belong” motivates us to encourage new and returning students to be a part of our movement by growing our community and inspiring others to do the same.

With the WiCS Mentorship Program, new and returning students can join to either become a mentor to students new to the PSU CS culture or to simply be a mentee who seeks guidance and friendship while embarking on their new adventure.