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Why Should You Start an ACM-W Chapter at Your School?

We know that, even as the number of students in computing increases, there are still relatively few women. There have been many articles and reports describing the situation of women in computing (such as The Incredible Shrinking Pipeline). You can counter this trend at your schools!

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What can an ACM-W Student Chapter do? A LOT!

Download "101 Ideas for ACM-W Chapters" here.

  • Activities to educate women about the opportunities in the computing field;
  • Engage women students in exciting computing activities;
  • Connect students with women leaders in the field;
  • Encourage students to promote the field of computing to young girls;
  • Promote the activities of ACM;
  • Network with other ACM-W Chapter leaders and members;
  • Mentor chapter members and pre-college girls;
  • Broaden the computing community; and
  • Extend the “conversation” about why it’s important to increase the number of women in computing.

The ACM-W Student Chapter Program is part of the larger ACM Student Chapter Program. You will receive guidance from ACM-W about activities and the day-to day running of a Chapter plus you can draw on the resources and experiences of the larger ACM-W and ACM Student Chapter network – over 500 Student Chapters worldwide.

To start an ACM-W chapter:
Local Activities Contact (for questions about starting or running an ACM-W Student Chapter): Local_Activities at

For more information and ideas, check the resource jointly developed with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus


ACM and ACM-W Chapters in-a-box:

The NCWIT Student Seed Fund (sponsored by offers an opportunity to create or expand ACM-W chapters on college and university campuses in the US:

ACM-W Networking Awards

ACM-W is accepting applications for funding ($300 maximum award) that will support existing ACM-W Chapters, who wish to hold joint events with schools that do not have ACM-W Chapters, events between newly formed and established ACM-W chapters, or between ACM-W chapters at schools with significant population differences. The event can be held at any of the participant schools' campuses. Our on-line application will request the following information:

1) Names of the schools involved in the project
2) Names of the organizers
3) Description of the event
4) Number of people at the host school who will be reached by the event
5) Expected impact on the school(s) that do(es) not yet have an ACM-W chapter
6) What sparked your wish to help/collaborate with this/these particular sister school(s)?
7) Why does your school not have funding for the event; or, if it does have funding, why may that funding not be used for the projected event?
8) Payee
9) Address for the check or transfer (international)

October 15 deadline: December – February events
January 15 deadline: March – June events
April 15 deadline: September – November events

Submit a post to the ACM-W Chapters Facebook group with a picture, after the event is held. A reimbursement check or transfer (international) will be sent to the address provided, after the event is held and after the post to Facebook.

Questions? Contact our project managers Lindsay Jamieson ( and Alan Jamieson (

Contact Us!

If you have any concerns, please let us know how we can help you. You will find that the rewards of forming an ACM-W Student Chapter go far beyond the honing of your leadership and project management skills; you will be making a contribution to the future of the computing field.

For administrative issues, please contact Local Activities: Local_Activities at

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