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SWE Congressional Outreach Dates Announced

This event will increase awareness of the need for and the importance of increased diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce.

Published On: January 2017

Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM
March 15-16, 2017

Once again, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is taking the lead in organizing a spring Congressional outreach event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Please consider attending this program entitled, “Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM,” which will be held on March 15-16, 2017. This event, which is open to other STEM organizations interested in participating, will increase awareness of the need for and the importance of increased diversity and inclusion in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

SWE’s 2017 Congressional Visits Day will begin promptly at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (with an optional lunch at Noon), and will conclude by 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017. All formal activities during this event will be held on Capitol Hill and at the Washington Court Hotel, conveniently located next to the Capitol.

During the two day event, SWE members will have the chance to participate in pre-visit trainings and a reception, in addition to having the opportunity to meet with their representatives or congressional staff.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Congressional Visit Training, Washington Court Hotel, 1:00-4:30 PM (lunch at Noon)
  • Congressional Reception, Rayburn House Office Building, 5:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Congressional Breakfast and Visit Prep, Rayburn House Office Building, 8:30-10:00 AM
  • Congressional Visits, beginning at 10:00 AM and scheduled throughout the day

Register today.

At the training, representatives from key Congressional committees, such as the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be invited to share Members’ vision for 2017 and beyond. Additionally, updates on the Administration’s actions regarding science and technology will be offered by on the ground advocates from the STEM Education Coalition. A presentation on the culture on Capitol Hill, communicating with congress both online and in person, how policy is made and how and when SWE members can influence outcomes will also be offered.

A more detailed agenda will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact SWE’s Washington representatives Della Cronin and Russell Armstrong at SWEHillVisits@swe.org or 202-349-2304.

Space is limited and will be on a first come first served basis. While there are no specific volunteer travel funds available for this event, some meals will be provided for attendees. For more information about SWE’s public policy priorities, please the advocacy section of All Together as well as a replay of our April 25, 2016 webinar.

We hope to see you on March 15-16, 2017, so register today!

Jessica Rannow
SWE FY17 President

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