GradSWEekly [Week of April 10, 2017]

Front and Center

GradSWE Start Ups Lunch
Monday, April 10th | 12-1PM | 2240 Digital Computing Laboratory
Leslie Gilliard, the founder of Nardo Technologies, will be speaking with us about her experiences in developing a start up company and the resources available at UIUC. Please sign up here if you plan to attend.
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

WE17 National Conference Application
Due Sunday April 16 | 11:59PM
The annual SWE Society Conference (WE17) will be held October 26-29, 2017 in Austin, TX and GradSWE at Illinois will sending a group to represent our organization at the highest level! Everyone is welcome to apply here, but space is limited. Please contact Ceci Klauber ( with any questions, or visit the conference website for more info! 
Contact: Ceci Klauber (

R.A.D. Self-Defense Class
Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th | 1-5PM (both days) | UIUC Campus Police Department
R.A.D. Self Defense is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. We've scheduled a weekend class for GradSWE members on April 15th-16th, and we have 2 spots left! Cost is $30.00, to be paid by cash or check the first day. Sign up here if you're interested!
Contact: Michelle Victora (

From SWE Illinois

SWE Happies Crawl
Friday April 28th | 5PM | Murphy's, Legends, Brothers, Joe's
Come out to the SWE Happies Crawl on Friday April 28th for a great way to decompress and end your week. We will be having appetizers and lots of fun! Fill out this form by April 15th to secure your shirt (info on form). 
Contact: Ashley Hillebold (

External Announcements

Brown Bag Lunch - Diversity Initiatives in STEM
Wednesday, April 19 | 1-2pm | Asian Cultural Center
The Science Policy Group is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on diversity policy initiatives in STEM. The goal of this discussion is to introduce policies that promote diversity in STEM (such as NSF’s Broadening Participation Initiatives), to understand how these policies were drafted, and to evaluate their ability to recruit underrepresented groups to STEM fields. Prof. Jennifer Greene from the Educational Psychology Department and Dr. Ellen Wang Althaus, Director of Graduate Diversity in the Department of Chemistry, will be guiding the discussion. Bring your own lunch (if desired), coffee and cookies will be served. Space is limited, so please sign up here if you plan to attend.
Contact: Cecilia Gentle (