The OCWiC ACMW Professional Chapter is a state wide community of women and men technology professionals from industry and academia, dedicated to the OCWiC mission:
Engaging and empowering Ohio women in computing by building community, celebrating success, and illuminating possibility.
Professional Chapters fit within the ACM-W established framework to provide a stepping stone between local chapters and the (inter)national organization. These community connections are reinforced by biannual regional Celebrations. Ohio is the home of the first ACM-W Professional Chapter, a proof of concept that may be replicated in other regions where Celebrations are already established.
More to learn about OCWiC and ACMW
- OCWiC History
- About ACM-W
- About ACM-W Celebrations
- Read more about Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing
- About ACM-W Professional Chapters
- Spotlight on OCWiC ACM-W Professional Chapter
In 2005, the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWiC) was one of ACM-W’s first regional Celebrations (celebration.ocwic.org). We have continued to have regular biannual OCWiCs since then, and our community has grown bigger with each event.
In 2017, we announced our Community project to provide the Ohio Women in Computing with more networking opportunities and resources in the years between our Celebrations (celebration.ocwic.org) .
In May 2018, OCWiC was very pleased to be chartered as the first ACM-W Professional Chapter in the U.S. Becoming a professional chapter formalizes the strong relationship we already have with ACM-W . Connecting our regular Celebrations to a Professional Chapter provides stability and continuity for our organization. As a newly formalized non-profit, we will have new responsibilities, which will support us in adopting more professional practices.
Today, we have a website, a blog, an event calendar, a weekly newsletter, private LinkedIn group, and multiple social media channels. Our Community is organized around overlapping “rings” of common interest, with “ring leaders” keeping the energy and ideas going. We also have a team of regional reporters from
ACM-W student chapters around the state, who provide us with news from their areas. Our weekly newsletter has nearly 1000 subscribers. We are planning development on the next phase of our website, to add functionality to make it easier for community members to post and find jobs, volunteer opportunities, events and clubs.
OCWiC ACM-W benefits from stronger ties with local ACM-W student chapters in Ohio, and we can help them connect with each other. As other new ACM-W Professional Chapters are chartered, we will synergize with them to create even more opportunities for a vibrant exchange of ideas with our sister chapters, and to co-produce joint projects and events.
ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing
ACM-W Celebrations gather women that work or study within the same region together to connect, network and celebrate their mutual interests of Computer Science and technology. Celebrations typical include keynote speakers from academia or industry, panel sessions on topics such as what to expect in your CS career or the impostor syndrome, workshops on resume writing, communication, interview skills or new technologies, a career fair and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to present their work. Celebrations are organized by volunteers and most agree that organizing a Celebration is one of the most rewarding things that they have done. ACM will provide some seed funding along with support from Microsoft. We also can provide web-site hosting, handle your finances and provide plenty of advice and assistance on organizing a Celebration. Celebrations happen worldwide! If you are interested in organizing, contact us to discuss!
About ACM-W Professional Chapters
The professional chapters of ACM’s Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) serve to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing fields at the university level. An ACM-W chapter offers professionals activities and projects that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women in computing.
Spotlight on Ohio’s OCWiC ACM-W Professional Chapter
We are pleased to announce the formation of the first ACM-W Professional Chapter in the U.S. Ohio’s OCWiC ACM-W chapter was chartered on April 25th and hit the ground running. By being able to name the chapter in a way that complements their regional celebration they are poised to become a community hub for sharing ideas and resources across the state.
Chair Bettina Bair explained, “OCWiC ACM-W will benefit from stronger ties with local ACM-W student chapters in Ohio, and we can help them connect with each other. As other new ACM-W Professional Chapters are chartered around the state, we will have even more opportunities for a vibrant exchange of ideas with our sisters, and to co-produce joint projects and events.”
Bair continues, “Becoming a professional chapter formalizes the strong relationship we already have with ACM-W. Connecting our Celebrations to a Professional Chapter provides stability and continuity for our organization. As a newly formalized non-profit, we will have new responsibilities, which will encourage us to adopt more professional practices.”
For more information about how to start a professional chapter, check out the ACM website: https://www.acm.org/chapters/professionals/how-to-start-a-professional-acm-w-chapter