Women's History Month
Did you know that March is Women's History Month?
Until I started to put this newsletter together, I did not know that. But how fitting that Women in GIS' first newsletter happens to go out during this venerable month? Maybe, we're about to make history?
Regardless of my grand delusions, that's not the focus of this newsletter. I'm here to fill you in on all the great progress our committee members have been making on getting the word out about Women in GIS. Our all-volunteer staff are working hard to make an impact in their communities and workplaces. Are you?
If you would like to get involved, please read our newsletter below and feel free to respond directly to this email with any questions or suggestions you might have about how you can make a difference, too.
To further our cause of promoting and advocating for women in GIS, we have formed five committees. We have a Website Committee, responsible for developing our most public face and generating content; our Mentorship Committee whose responsibility is to develop a mentorship program specifically for women in GIS; the Outreach Committee engages our members and facilitate all local meetings; our Interview Committee is responsible for conducting interviews of women in GIS; and finally our Storymap Committee whose main responsibility is to leverage Linda Loubert's Story Map of Women in GIS.
If you're wondering what all these committees are doing, read on!
The website committee has added a calendar to the website. The widget is permanently placed on the side panel of every page. At the moment, as we hear of GIS events, we are placing them on the calendar. If there is an event you want to add to our calendar, please send the event details along with a link to its online announcement to this email: email@example.com.
We are slowly adding content to the site. We have a few interviews of your fellow female colleagues, and we have added a new blog feature where we'll highlight a map (either physical, digital, or storymap) created by our members. If you have a map you want us to feature, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mentorship committee is working on a survey we'll send out to all of you soon. The survey will help guide our efforts in building a mentorship program that serves your needs.
The outreach committee has held several organizing meetings aimed at developing a Women in GIS presence at various conferences throughout the United States. They have a WiGIS meeting planned for ESRI's South East User Conference as well the ESRI Federal User Conference in Washington, D.C.
In addition, members Jennifer Borlick and Kelly Felton (Wisconsin) recently ran a WiGIS special interest group meeting at the Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) annual conference in Elkhart Lake WI on Feb. 11, 2016. This initial meeting generated a lot of interest and they plan to hold more in the future.
Are their upcoming conferences you'd like to see Women in GIS at? If so, contact email@example.com. We'll put you in contact with our outreach committee and they'll help you any way they can.
As we noted above, the interview committee has completed three interviews so far. One of which was with one of the "founding" members of WiGIS - Christina Boggs. We plan to add more throughout the year. Check back about once a month for new interviews.
Is there someone you would like us to interview? Respond directly to this newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestion(s). For each suggestion, please include at least one form of contact. Thanks!
The storymap committee has had several meetings. They are using Skype for monthly meetings and Slack for day-to-day communications. Their main goal for this year is to update the existing Women in GIS Story Map, first created by Linda Loubert back in 2014. The update will include both new editing capabilities and a new look. They plan to have the new and improved Story Map ready for debut on International Women's Day - March 8th (tomorrow!).
For now, that's all from Women in GIS. Thanks for being you.