Women in Computer Science

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Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is dedicated to promoting gender equity for those who are interested in studying computer science and who seek to pursue careers in computing. Specifically, the mandate fosters community, empowerment and mentorship at the following:

  • To build an environment in the School of Computer Science where women are supported in their work and studies.
  • To ensure that young women entering university see computer science as an option.
  • To connect to outside organizations and events for women in computer science.

Our commitment

In November 2007, a task force was formed to create guidelines and action items to ensure the equality of students, faculty, and staff in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at Waterloo.

Read our report on "Gender Equality in Computer Science at Waterloo" to see the efforts and commitment that we are making in changing the School to create a better environment for all.

WiCS Undergraduate Committee

WiCS has a very active undergraduate committee (warmly called "Little WiCS") that is student-run. They offer a number of events throughout the year, including the Big CSters Mentoring program, technical workshops, a speaker series, and panels and discussions about diversity in computer science and STEM.

The Women in Computer Science Undergraduate Committee is a student-run initiative that supports the success of women, transgender and non-binary folk in computer science at Waterloo by:

  • Hosting speakers and lecturers in industry and academia
  • Running a mentorship program and providing networking opportunities
  • Organizing social events and fostering community
  • Educating on women's issues and issues of diversity in computer science and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at large
  • Providing supportive, women-only spaces for cis & trans women and non-binary individuals
  • If you want to visit them, they have an office in MC with Linux terminals!

For more information and to get involved check out their website (coming soon).

Get Connected

For general inquiries about the Women in Computer Science committee please email wics@uwaterloo.ca 

For information about activities for elementary and high school students please contact WiCS Outreach at wicsoutreach@uwaterloo.ca 

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Our Generous Sponsors

With thanks and gratitude to our many corporate and industrial partners.

Platinum sponsors • $20,000–$25,000

  Google logo   Loblaw logo  Scotiabank logo Wish logo

Gold sponsors • $10,000–$15,000

  Amazon logo   Facebook logospunk's logoYelp logo  Zynga's logo

Silver sponsors • $5,000
 A Thinking Ape logo Datadog logoFaire logo_black Flexport's logo  Oracle Netsuite logo  Pinterest logo  Shopify logo Sumo Logic logo    The Cooperators logo  Ubisoft logo

Local sponsors

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Grace Hopper Conference sponsor

Generous funding from the Mathematics Endowment Fund provides support so students can attend the annual Grace Hopper Conference.

Mathematics Endowment Fund

Would you like to be a WiCS sponsor?

Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities with WiCS and the opportunity to connect with our talented and motivated computer science students?

Please see our partnership opportunities brochure (PDF). Reach out to wics@uwaterloo.ca.