Women in Computer Science
Harvard WiCS is an organization founded in 2012, now with over 400 members. They are dedicated to diversity and empowerment of all identities within SEAS, Harvard, and women across the US. They are an advocacy organization, a professional development network, and a supportive community of mentors and friends. They provide mentorship, education, and role models for women in the Boston area and on-campus.
"We believe every woman should have equal opportunity and encouragement to pursue computer science. We seek to empower women to consider careers in technology by providing education, mentorship, and role models for students at Harvard and in the greater Boston community. We strive to promote awareness of gender issues and to construct an environment for discussion and reform across universities and industries. We hope to create opportunities for individuals of all genders, identities, and interests to support these goals."
The WiCS comp process is non-competitive and completion based, and is held in both spring and falls. Compers are asked to attend a set number, typically 6, WiCS events before the end of the semester (or before the end of the academic year) before becoming official WiCS members. Additionally, these events must include a variety of different types of events, "Development," "Social," and "Sponsor." However, students do not have to comp WiCS to be involved as many events are open to everyone of all identities and experiences in CS.