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What is a WiCS Circle?

A WiCS circle is a peer-mentoring community where members form lasting relationships, share their personal triumphs and challenges, and offer advice and support to one another. Each circle typically consists of eight to twelve members of varying ages, backgrounds, stages of career, and interests.

WiCS Circles are a form of Lean In Circles special to University of Waterloo WiCS. WiCS Circles meet approximately twice a term, having themed meetings that align with the current news around the world, or showcase movies or TV that offer rich discussion into the role of women in technology. Past WiCS Circles meetings have focused on discussing optimal assignment completion techniques, and the role of women in the critically acclaimed movie Hidden Figures.

Who can join a WiCS Circle?

All female-identifying students in STEM fields are welcome to attend Lean In Circles.

Why should I join?

You should join WiCS Circle meetings to become a part of a community of technical women who are studying or working in a male-dominated environment. WiCS Circles are a tight-knit social network that facilitates peer mentoring and promotes discussion about personal experiences, gender-equity issues in society, how to deal with sexism and biases in the workplace, and exceeding personal goals in a female-friendly environment.

How do I join a Lean In Circle?

All WiCS events are governed by the WiCS Code of Conduct: http://wics.uwaterloo.ca/code-of-conduct/