Valparaiso University Computing and Information Sciences Women’s Association


To give women necessary guidance in order to grow professionally.


Strengthen the advancement of women by providing advocacy, education and networking opportunities through our meetings, events, and gatherings.


The purpose of VUCIS-WA is to foster leadership development through coordination of education and awareness of professional, personal, cultural, and social differences that you face in USA. We come up with idea how to overcome those situations.

VUCIS-WA is the first ever all-women’s organization at Valparaiso University. It is also the only organization with members both from undergraduate and graduate levels. Our goal is to motivate women students, support, inspire, and help to make a difference in the global computing community.

VUCIS-WA supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to VUCIS members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.


The first mission of the organization is to help and maintain a website for Water to Thrive, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to the mission of bringing clean, safe water to those who need it in rural Africa. Water to Thrive works with donors in the United States and implements partners in Africa to bring lasting change by working efficiently and effectively to construct sustainable water wells. Read More

As the mission developed a website to accept donations, the existing website needs to be redeveloped and maintained as well. The organization made the initiative to have a social project for the sais mission, as a start, that is developing a website to reach the whole world, and to make the mission a success.

As of summer 2016, the organization provides support for Water to Thrive in Texas to rebuild and maintain its website.



  • Priyanka Varma (MSIT)

Co-Vice Presidents

  • Zena Al-Khayyoon (MSIT)
  • Christi Calina (MSIT)
  • Chloe Witter (MSIT)

Social Director

  • Kimberly Orr (BSCS)

Project Manager

  • Chloe Witter (MSIT) : Water to Thrive Project (ongoing social project for the WA)

Faculty Advisor

  • Kimberly Jana Tomkiewicz, M.A., MALS

  1. Homecoming Event (September 23 – 25)
  2. Fall Orientation (August 9 –12)
  3. Girls’ Outing (Water Park)
  4. Outdoor Movies (Central Plaza)

Kimberly Jana Tomkiewicz, M.A., MALS

Advising and Internship Coordinator of Graduate IT Programs
Computing and Information Sciences Department
Gellersen Hall 122B

Find more about us on our VUCIS-WA Facebook page.

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