September 2020

IUWIT Insights

Published on September 30, 2020
Welcome to IUWIT Insights, where you’ll find insights about the latest and greatest events, interviews, and stories involving women in tech across IU’s 8 campuses and beyond. This newsletter is distributed by IU Women in Technology (IUWIT), the staff affiliate of the IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology.

Spotlight Interview: Melanie Ebdon

Meet the chair IUWIT’s Leadership Team, Melanie Ebdon. In this spotlight, she shares her experiences being a woman in technology for the past 30 years, her journey to get where she is today, her favorite projects, her experiences being the only woman in the room, advice for young women and much more. Check it out here.

Staff Merit Award Nominations Due Friday

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond at work? Do they always have a positive attitude and exemplary performance? Nominate them for a Staff Merit Award! Act quick ̶ submissions are due this Friday, October 2. Submit applications here.

Summit Speed Networking Follow Up Event

Did you enjoy our speed networking event this past March during our Summit? Be on the lookout for a follow up event coming soon! The last one was so popular, we just had to have more! For a refresher on the Summit Networking Event from March, read our April 2020 Newsletter.

Healthy IU: Preventing Burnout

Staying mentally and physically healthy is more important now than ever. If you are not already familiar, Healthy IU is Indiana University’s employee wellness program. Healthy IU offerings are free for full-time faculty and staff. Spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan are also eligible! They offer programs, workshops, ways to get moving on campus, resources to support your daily life at IU Bloomington, and much more! To view upcoming programs and workshops, check out their website!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 6th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm! Preventing Burnout is an upcoming seminar from Healthy IU. In this seminar from Healthy IU, participants will learn to identify the root causes of burnout, understand the negative consequences of leaving burnout unaddressed, and learn effective strategies for preventing and overcoming burnout. By learning how to take charge and make changes, participants will be empowered to overcome burnout and create greater balance in their busy lives. Register and find more information here.

Opportunities for Middle and High School Girls

Monroe County Girls Coding Camp: If you are the parent, aunt/uncle, or friend of a middle school aged girl who lives in Monroe County, Indiana, please let her know about this camp. Through virtual instruction and meetings, girls will work with coding programs, build STEM skills that prepare them for college, and hear from women who work in information technology fields

  • Free!
  • Open to middle school aged girls (ages 11-15) in the MCCSC and RBB School Systems
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 3:45 – 4:30pm
  • Additional support networks available for Black and Brown girls
  • Register by October 10, 2020
  • Questions? Email Nichelle Whitney at
  • Find more information and register at AFTERSCHOOLHQ.COM/GIRLSCODINGWEEK

Aspirations in Computing Awards: If you know of any high school aged women who live in Indiana, please let them know about these awards. The award for 9th-12th grade students honor those who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.