Name: Caroline Chen
Program: Computer Science
Year: Fourth Year
How I get involved in WiCS and in other initiatives: I am the Founder of TechNova, the University of Waterloo's first virtual Women+ in Tech Hackathon. Previously, I was the Chair for WiCS undergrad committee (leading the redesign of the website you see now: wics.uwaterloo.ca) and a Lead organizer on Hack the North. Check out TechNova at www.itstechnova.org
Name: Molly Xu
Program: Computer Science and Business Administration
Year: Second Year
How I get involved in WiCS and in other initiatives: Prior to university, I was involved in my high school’s STEM outreach program. I developed and taught mBot and scratch lessons aimed at introducing basic robotics and coding concepts to elementary school students. Before joining the WiCS undergraduate Committee as a First-year representative and Systems Administrator, I’ve attended many little WiCS events like the Women in CS panel, Resume ramp up, Treasure hunt, and First-Year academics panel. Moreover, I also participated in many big WiCS events like the Among Us game nights, WiCS Bubbles, end of semester feedback session, HacktheNorth Coffee Chats, and Student Industry Lunch. While I was on the WiCS committee for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, I helped organize events like the Instagram takeovers, Intro to Git workshop, Coop Bootcamp, and socials (ie. game nights, movie nights, study sessions). Other than these events, I also managed the Women in CS website and started the development of a new feature - the upcoming events section.
Name: Sara Fong
Program: Computer Science, Cognitive Science Minor
Year: Fourth Year
How I get involved in WiCS and in other initiatives: I was previously a Big CSter for two terms, mentoring first year women in CS. Within the UW community, I was involved in UW Blueprint, a student run organization that works on building tech products for local non-profit organizations. I led diversity and inclusion initiatives within recruitment such as bias training, and implemented reforms to improve inclusivity. I also have been involved in Tech+ UW as a mentor. Tech+ is a student run organization that aims to support students in their journey to tech to make it a more diverse and equitable space.
In recent years, three WiCS members — Clarisse Schneider, Jenny Sun, and Monica Xu — have had the honour of giving the valedictory addresses at Faculty of Mathematics Convocations. Clarisse has a Bachelor of Software Engineering degree (2012–17), Jenny has an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science degree (2014–19), and Monica has a Honours Bachelor of Computer Science degree (2016-21).
Clarisse Schneider's Spring 2017 Faculty of Mathematics valedictory address (Clarisse's introduction and address begin at 25:45)
Jenny Sun's Spring 2019 Faculty of Mathematics valedictory address (Jenny's introduction and address begin at 26:03)
Monica Xu's Spring 2021 Faculty of Mathematics valedictory address