CEWiT Ambassadors

The IU Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) believes that technology is the catalyst to excellence in every field and women are integral to the impact that technology has on the world. We seek to encourage students to explore technology and to empower women to use technology to benefit their educational and career goals.

The CEWiT Ambassador program, a paid leadership opportunity, seeks energetic and engaging undergraduate leaders who have a love for technology and would like to share their enthusiasm with other students, particularly first and second year women at IU. The mission of this group is to help spark an interest in technology, share the benefits of having technical skills, and raise awareness of CEWiT, our programs, and our resources. Ambassador team members work together to:

  • Conduct presentations and hands-on workshops (training provided)
  • Schedule and staff tabling events on campus and in residence halls
  • Attend campus information events and distribute CEWiT swag
  • Visit Intro to Technology classes and sorority meetings to share CEWiT mission and how to get involved
  • Plan and host fun events for 1st and 2nd year women students
  • Raise awareness of CEWiT and drive member affiliation

If you would like more information about becoming a CEWiT Ambassador, please contact Michelle Bartley-Taylor.


Current CEWiT Ambassadors:
bersani-rebecca Rebecca Bersani, Junior
I feel I have always heard how important it was for all people – especially women – to dive into STEM based careers or areas and how crucial technology was. However, it was always something portrayed as “pursue it if you’re good at it/if you like it.” However, Technology can and will be a vital aspect in ALL career paths and it can be an extremely empowering factor for women in whatever career they choose. It is never a bad thing to have technological training and anyone can be trained! I love the message and positivity CEWiT gives. Everyone in the staff wants to help each individual no matter what they think they are capable of to change their attitude to want to do so much more. They meet you where you’re at, support you in where you want to go, and then even offer so many more options so that you feel fully empowered. It is an incredible thing to feel like an empowered women, but especially incredible to be an empowered women in her career field.
carver-celeste Celeste Carver, Junior
I had known for many years that I was passionate about health, but as time passed I began to doubt my aspirations. Being a doctor was surely within the realm of health, but it wasn't exactly what I saw myself being. Cut to 4am on a random summer night when I stumbled upon IU's SoIC page. I did some research and decided to take the INFO-I 101 course once classes began. It was intimidating as I was under the impression that the only way to be "good at technology" was to have practiced those skills from an early age. It almost seemed like a privilege, especially in my small conservative town where schools received little funding and aligned themselves with the "STEM is for boys" stereotype. Regardless, I found a mentor in my lab instructor who encouraged me to continue fostering my tech skills. Not only were my insecurities alleviated, but I soon learned of the opportunities available when you integrate technology and tech skills into a given discipline. Now I am pursuing a career in health that feels like an exact fit of what and who I want to be.
molly-macy Molly Macy, Junior
I was born/raised in Columbus, IN, which is about 45 minutes east of Bloomington. I was a major tomboy growing up, which has defined who I am today. I definitely have the competitive "get it done attitude" that has made me passionate about women's equality and comfortable working in difficult/controversial environments. However, my downfalls would be that I am impulsive and let me passions cloud my judgements. Working in groups helps to counteract that, but it is something I continue to struggle with.
madden-savannah Savannah Madden, Senior
My freshman year I came to IU with the hope and challenge that I would do good in the world. I found my calling in education, but thought I could push that forward. In a mandatory class through the school of education I found that technology could and does change the world and challenge great thinkers. I wanted to make that my future. CEWiT is a forward thinking group that strives to get women into technology based jobs and I saw that as a perfect opportunity to better the world while also bettering myself.
opoka-dominika Dominika Opoka, Senior
I wanted to be involved with CEWiT because I think women are powerful. In high school, I was bullied A LOT since the very first day of school, all by girls. Coming to college and seeing other organizations on campus working cohesively to promote empowerment for women was so refreshing to experience. That’s when it dawned on me, women are unbelievably powerful; they can either tear you apart or they can encourage and support your endeavors. I really wanted to be that supportive colleague and make a lasting impact on the women at IU.
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Kara Osburn, Junior 
I got involved in CEWiT through the CEWiT REUW program, I almost did not even look into the program at first because I did not see myself as "techie" and did not think they would have research to suit my areas of interest. However, after looking over the different opportunities I saw that there were quite a few different research opportunities that were suited to my biochemistry major. I am still working in my research lab and CEWiT has showed me how I use technology in everyday life and in my research position.

rosenblum Sophia Rosenblum, Junior
This summer I had my first full time internship at the IU Foundation. I worked in development and fundraising and didn't think I needed a lot of tech background. A lot of my projects were based on marketing and social media. There were a few things that I wished I had the skills to do during my internship to really stand out. One of my ideas that got a lot of positive feedback was creating more specific geo-tags on Snapchat for each building at IU. I was given the responsibility to make the geotags myself, but since I had no experience in graphic design I had to pass it on to someone else. I want to learn tech skills and help others learn useful tech skills that can be used in any workplace.
slagle-victoria Victoria Slagle, Sophomore 
My mother is from Hungary, which is a small landlocked country towards the eastern side of Europe. While my mother moved here at the age of 25 to marry my father, all of her family still lives in Hungary. Now Hungary is just as developed as any other first world country, however, most of its citizens either live in poverty or try to stay afloat with their copious amount of debt. My grandparents are no different. They don’t have much but they are happy and they have what they need and we try to help out as much as possible. Four years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This is a type of bone cancer that affects the plasma in the patient’s blood and causes severe bone deterioration. In the U.S., multiple myeloma is considered one of the most treatable cancers and one with one of the highest survival rates. In Hungary though, the best medical treatment is reserved for those who have the money to bribe every doctor and nurse for treatment and pain medications and those who have enough money to ship experimental drugs in from other countries because Hungary itself does not have the money to provide the technology to produce proper oncological drugs. Many of the doctors in Hungary are only in the profession to make money off of their patients and those who really are in the practice for the wellbeing of their patients have their hands tied with numerous healthcare laws and regulations and legal documents that make it practically impossible to treat their patients. My grandmother passed away on August 14, 2016 due to complications with her cancer. If Hungary itself had the technology to create its own medications in its own country, the technology to increase monitoring of their patients for better care, the technology to create and provide more effective pain medication to their oncological patients, or the technology to use in research programs for oncological medication of any sort, my grandmother might still be alive today. This is why I am in a technological field and why I want to dedicate my life to not only the betterment of healthcare in other countries but also to the advancement of medical technology in other countries.
aish Aish Thamba, Junior
My father showed me the stars at night using mathematical symbols and equations. I didn't quite get it; I was 5. He taught me to understand how a cell can mean a box in Excel and what we are all made of - even the stars. I grew up asking why and how the stars can be related to cells - and how we all fit and work together. Tech helped me answer some of the questions; but more importantly: how to discover new methods of answering and questioning. That's what tech means to me.
evie Evie Tsarnas, Senior
After changing my major 3 times, I settled on Informatics. & I did so very cautiously. Technology as a viable career path never really occurred to me. I didn't think I was "cut out for it." But a girl I barely knew shared her experiences in the tech field with me & it inspired me to follow her lead. I took the plunge and couldn't be happier! I look forward to sparking "chance encounters" between girls and technology & to helping women integrate tech with their passions. I want every woman to know that she belongs in technology, and that even though she may not feel like it, she is indeed "cut out for it." I'm really excited to be working with CEWiT and am looking forward to the semester!
wattimena Theodora (Emily) Wattimena, Sophomore