CS Department Launches Girls++ Organization
Last fall, the Department of Computer Science launched a new student organization called Girls++. The organization, which is aimed at women majoring in computer science, provides a place for members to connect with each other and share their experiences as well as introducing them to outside guest speakers and industry experts.
The first meeting of Girls++, held on October 25, featured a panel discussion about breaking into the CS field. Panelists shared personal anecdotes describing their own experiences building their careers. The meeting also discussed different forms of student support, including resume workshops, interview tips, confidence building, getting involved on campus, and partnering with industry mentors. Dr. Sara Rosen, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, made a brief appearance to discuss her experiences as a woman in higher educational leadership.
The second meeting focused on personal development. Ph.D. student Dhara Shah gave a demonstration on the use of power poses for gaining self-confidence.
Both meetings of Girls++ encouraged an environment of collaboration in which an array of topics were discussed related to being a woman in a STEM field. Refreshments and door prizes were provided for attendees.
The next meeting of Girls++ will be on Wednesday, February 28, at 4:30 p.m. in CS Conference Room 755 (25 Park Place). For more information about Girls++, contact undergraduate coordinator Jamie Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story and photos by Jamie Hayes