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President: Women and Minorities in Computing (WaMiC) August 2011 – Present

As one of the founding members, and first and current president of the NMSU Chapter for Women and Minorities in Computing, my duties include

  • Coordinating, planning, and presiding over general, emergency, and officer meetings
  • Assisting chapter officers in developing leadership qualities
  • Presenting chapter members accessible tools, tutoring, and mentorship to develop technical and communication skills and confidence
  • Overseeing all group activities and all major events
My overall goal was always to build an undergraduate community in the computer science department. Here’s how it happened…

The NMSU Chapter for Women in Computing, which is now called the NMSU Chapter for Women and Minorities in Computing (WaMiC) was founded in August 2011.WaMiC is a student organization that strives to:

  • Increase the number of female and minority students at NMSU
  • Improve the retention of female and minority students enrolled in computer related majors at NMSU
  • Promote the advancement of females and minorities in computing fields
  • Provide a forum for exchange of information pertinent to female and minority students in computing fields
  • Develop a working network with area schools to encourage female and minority students to enter computing fields
  • Promote professional advancement for females and minorities in computing fields for fostering cooperation among industry, government, and the academic and professional communities to improve educational and employment opportunities

What makes WaMiC successful is that it is led by students. These student officers were elected, because they all have a passion for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and minorities in C-STEM, and want to bring the students in the department together.

The group’s first initiative was having study sessions, which became very popular. WaMiC has a good mix of upperclassmen and lowerclassmen, presenting a great opportunity to form those crucial peer-to-peer relationships. Upperclassmen are able to give the lowerclassmen advice on which classes to take and what resources have been helpful. Furthermore, students taking the same classes can collaborate with each other to discuss ideas and hard concepts when faced with a tough assignment. One of the members feels, “the WaMiC study sessions make me want to come to school because now I can find a support system. Computer Science is hard, and there are times when you just want to bang your head against the wall when working on homework. The study sessions really help!”

It isn’t enough to just study together, WaMiC aspires to create a fun and friendly environment in the Computer Science department full of fun activities and events to make members and other students feel welcome.

Past events have included:

  • Fun in the sun at White Sands National Monument
  • Bowling Night
  • Scavenger Hunt around campus
  • Minute to Win It Night
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • WaMiC Bowling

Google Ambassador

NMSU Google Student Ambassador August 2011 – May 2013

The Google Student Ambassador Program is “an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Google and their universities”. My role was to:

  • Organize events to showcase Google’s products and brand on campus
  • Build relationships on campus with faculty, staff, and student groups
  • Promote new products, campaigns, job opportunities, and programs aimed at students
Each event I hosted was a huge success and I was able to reach many students. Here is an overview…

Popular events included:

  • Campus-wide scavenger hunt
  • Halloween Bash
  • Minute to Win It Night

After hosting a few events, I found that planning and organizing successful events is tough and can be a whole lot of work. This position helped me in a few different ways by:

  • improving my time management skills.
  • improving my problem solving skills. Logistics, to me, are like a big puzzle. If the different aspects of an event aren’t brought together correctly, the event may flop.
  • improving my budgeting skills. I learned the advantage of being ┬áresourceful.
  • improving my communication skills. There was no way that I could do it alone, so I had plenty of help from WaMiC members.
  • making me realize that impersonal emails are not always the best way to encourage people to come to events.
  • providing me insight on what incentives attract students.