Co-Founder of the Wellesley College Computer Science Club
During my senior year at Wellesley, I got together with six other Computer Science majors to create the first ever Wellesley College Computer Science Club. We believed that although the number of majors was increasing (and continues to increase!) every year, the Computer Science department and its students were still lacking some organization and cohesion.
We had a few goals that first year: create a college-funded club, provide more professional and mentorship opportunities to students, and facilitate networking between majors and professors outside of a classroom setting.
I helped directly tackle the last problem by becoming the first Social Chair of the club. I surveyed students and professors alike to understand why types of events would be the most useful for them. Throughout the year, I organized and hosted: board game nights, movie nights, pub nights, and study sessions. For each, I crafted handmade invitations for each professor -- at least a few always came!
I’m proud that I was a founding member of the Computer Science Club. It is important, particularly for groups underrepresented in technical spaces, to create affinity groups and support networks. I enjoy shaping communities and trying to make anything in my sphere of influence a better place.
And, the Computer Science Club is alive and well! They have continued to expand and execute on the ideas we laid out back in 2014. Today, the club is responsible for hosting outside speakers, organizing events with hiring companies, running interview practice sessions, finding volunteer opportunities, and putting together hackathons.