In early February, Concordia became home to the first officially chartered women’s computer science group at a private university in Wisconsin.
Chartered under the Association of Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W), a national organization, the group is called GRACE, which stands for “Girls Rocking Algorithms, Computers, and Engineering”.
“This group is about empowering and providing events and information to help women experience things in the computing field and network for future jobs,” club treasurer and computer science student Alexis Rolenc said.
GRACE’s mission is to empower female students in computer science and information technology fields, or any female student or faculty member with interest in these areas.
“This is such a big opportunity not only for our Computer Science department but also for Concordia University as a whole,” GRACE’s faculty sponsor Professor Antoinette Spencer said.
CUW is the third Wisconsin university to host an ACM-W chapter, in addition to UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison, and is the first private school in the state of Wisconsin with a chapter.
GRACE offers monthly events for interested students and faculty. Past events included a ‘Take-Apart-A-Computer’ day, an hour of coding competition, and a robotics night. Additionally, the club hopes to organize study groups for interested students in Computer Science and IT courses.
“We have such a great team that I know for sure that we will do great things under the Lord’s,” Spencer said.
The group aligns it mission to the Bible verse Genesis 1:27 that says “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” GRACE is committed to helping its members embrace their God-given vocations as they live the university’s mission and retains Christ at the center of the club’s mission.