Over 10 years ago, SWE launched an initiative designed to foster inclusiveness and engage the diverse members of our organization – SWE Affinity Groups. Affinity Groups are growing and members are sharing and embracing a common element of diversity to work collaboratively and support each other.
There are five active Affinity Groups: African-American, Latinos, Native-American, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Questioning, and Global Women Engineers. The SWE Board of Directors also recently approved the establishment of three more Affinity Groups: Women in Government, Small Business and Entrepreneur. These teams are working to enhance and promote networking mechanisms to connect members.
Affinity Groups are a great way for members to share knowledge, concerns, and experiences with each other and allies. They increase understanding and commitment to the value of diversity and inclusion as an integral part of SWE culture.
SWE Affinity Group Leads want to hear from you and are open to your feedback. The Affinity Groups have created Facebook groups so that you can join, share information, and get connected. You can find these groups at: SWE African-American AG, SWE Latinos AG, SWE Native-American AG, SWE LGBTQ And Allies AG and SWE Global Women Engineers AG and request permissions to join.