The ACM-W is a nation-wide organization that aims to recruit more women into CSE. The following statement
is taken from the national ACM-W website: The mission of ACM-W is to engage in activities and projects
that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women in computing. This includes promoting
activities that result in more equal representation of women in CS such as mentoring or role modelling,
monitoring the status of women in industrial and academic computing through the gathering of statistics,
providing historical information about women's accomplishments and roles in CS, and serving as a repository
of information about programs, documents and policies of concern to women in CS.
Welcome to UW ACM-W
The Association for Computing Machinery for Women at the University of Washington is a group of students
in the department (male and female) dedicated to cultivating a strong supportive community of women within
the department of Computer Science & Engineering, to helping members succeed academically, socially
and professionally, and to demonstrating the importance and necessity of diversity in the computing world.
We should all care about this because any time you have a discipline that leaves out a significant part of
the population, you lose a valuable perspective. While many CSE faculty, staff and students are committed
to increasing diversity, our department needs an organized group of students to participate in this effort.
Involvment of CSE majors is crucial because students of all ages always want to see and hear firsthand what
it means to become a computer scientist. That means we need YOU! Membership in ACM-W is open to all students
— male and female — who support the goals of the organization. In no way will this group replace or take
away from the great work of our current ACM chapter.
Hi, my name is Alexandra, but let's keep it casual: you can call me Sasha.
I love Computer Science, specifically databases, but I'm always down for some obscure debugging.
I look forward to spreading that joy for all things Computer Science with others through ACM-W and
providing a welcoming environment for Women in CSE at UW!
Hi my name is Amy! I'm really excited to spread my love for CS and more
specifically AI through ACM-W and grow our network of women in tech within UW CSE :) Fun fact:
I've lived in Seattle all my life but I love traveling and meeting people of different cultures.
Can't wait to meet other women who are also passionate about tech!
Katherine Van Koevering
Hi! I'm a fourth-year CSE student, but I'm also majoring in Statistics.
I'm really into machine learning and my research has been in human computer interaction and computing
for development. I also love to bake and hike and am interested in the social and cultural issues
surrounding technology. I can't wait to meet new people who are also excited about CS, and I think
ACM-W is a great way to do that!
Hello! My name is Nicole and I love studying computer science. I am a
post-bacculaureate student in CSE (I already have a degree in neurobiology so I am happy to talk
about brains as well as tech). Outside of class, I love TAing (CSE 14x or CSE 311), singing in my
a cappella group, and working to increase outreach in CSE. I can't wait to interact with other
women who are excited about CSE and increasing diversity in tech while growing the ACM-W community!
Hello! They call me Laura. Coming from an all-girls high school with oodles
of women-in-STEM oomph, I was immensely affected by the support of my community and believe in the
rewarding effects that organizations like ACM-W can have. Thus, I am excited to meet new folks through
ACM-W and share the love this year! Also, I enjoy cats, ‘mocking, and the occasional dance party.
Hi! My name is Megan! I am a senior in CSE and am originally from Pennsylvania.
Outside of classes, I am involved in research with the UbiComp Lab, the Honors Community, and Society of
Women Engineers. In my free time, I am usually exploring new coffee shops and farmers markets around Seattle.
I am really excited to help the ACM-W community and meet new people who are passionate about Computer Science!